A-little-learning-muddies-the-waters department: Many businesses near the original site of the Fulton Fish Market have retained the faded signage of their distant predecessors. "Salmon" is easiest to make out; to its right must be the tail end of "halibut." And immediately behind the modest sign of the current tenant, a restaurant, could that be "mud"?
It must be "mild," I've assured myself, perhaps in contrast to a stronger-flavored variety of cured salmon. There's not much call for mud fish 'round here.
Former fish market
Surviving signage outside Barbalu, 225 Front St. (Beekman St.-Peck Slip), Manhattan