There is a new fish market on Route 1 in Fairfield.
Its owners Frank Lanzo and Jardar Nygaard are lifelong fishermen and also friends for 20 years
The new market which officially opens Wednesday, May 15 at 1499 Post Road carries fresh seafood and a variety of handmade sushi items.
“Our specialty is seafood, plain and simple. We have both done it so long, that we can do it in our sleep. As lifelong anglers, commercial fishermen, and aquaculturists, our experience, and contacts allow us to trace all of our products to the source," said Lanzo.
Both men have worked extensively on commercial fishing boats and have been in the seafood industry their entire lives.
Jardar who was born in Norway has been in the seafood industry since his first fish market job at the age of 16.
He also worked on his father’s salmon farm at the age of 17 and is currently a partner of Stella Mar Oyster Co.
In addition to aquaculture, Jardar has worked in several commercial fisheries.
Jardar and his family started Fjord Fisheries in Greenwich in 1990, for which Jardar was the buyer and operations director since its founding at his age 18.
Jardar was the sole owner of Fjord Fisheries from 2001 until he sold it in 2012 and is no longer affiliated with the company.
Still today, his father ("Papa Fish") can tell you how to triangulate the fishing spots on Tjendemsbukta, the bay directly behind the family homestead in Jendem, Norway.
Lanzo is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain who owned and operated the fishing charter boat Judith Lynn, fishing out of Norwalk for 17 years.
He has profound knowledge of fish habits and migration patterns, which was essential to getting his customers on the bite.
As such, he has been finely in tune to fisheries management practices and has always been very conscious of sustainable fisheries.
Lanzo has been a chef and had formal culinary training.
He has also worked on boats in several commercial fisheries.
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