Recently The New York Times’ Christine Muhlke reported on the Monterey Abalone Company in the paper’s Sunday magazine, celebrating the long-awaited return of this delicious delicacy to our tables. Overfished in the 1990s, commercial abalone fishing was banned in 1997. Muhlke writes about owners Trevor Fay and Art Seavey and their successful abalone farm under Monterey’s Municipal Wharf No. 2. According to the story, they “sell more than six tons a year to walk-in customers, nearby restaurants and great chefs across the country.” Even the aquaculture research folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are fans – U.S. farmed abalone is on their Seafood Watch list of ‘best choices’ for consumers. For a copy of the list, please visit http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_whatsnew.aspx. Of course there’s an iPhone App. For more about abalone and the Monterey Abalone Company stop by the Wharf on your next visit to Monterey! Ready to enjoy abalone? Then Monterey’s famous Sardine Factory is ready for you - with lots of abalone on the menu. Take a look at www.sardinefactory.com.