The hamsi, Black Sea anchovies, are swimming these days and there have been several interesting reports on the subject. This little inexpensive fish is the favorite of the winter season, particularly in the cuisine of the eastern Black Sea.
The excellent food site EatingAsia published a report of their trip straight to the hamsi source of Sinop on the Black Sea.
We've seen a number of new Laz (an ethnic minority from the eastern Black Sea region) restaurants open serving hamsi in many creative ways- hamsi rice, steamed hamsi, hamsi in cornbread and fried hamsi. Hayvore near Galatasaray and Klemuri near Taksim. Pafuli is an old favorite but a bit more fancy than necessary.
And just last week, the Wall Street Journal published a very interesting article on the fishing industry in Istanbul.