Knowing the origin of your fish and seafood is crucial in today’s global seafood market where sustainability and human rights are of upmost importance. The Predator (pictured above), is one of the select U.S. fishing vessels supplying us with fresh product. This vessel fishes off the coast of Massachusetts and ports in New Bedford, Mass. A huge thank you to Phil Mello for these beautiful pictures. To check out more of his photography –> Phil Mello
It’s the first day of March, and this is what you need to know in the Seafood Market today:
- Skrei Cod: Product is available now. The annual Skrei Cod migration has started in Norway. Expect to see fish available for the next 6 weeks. Average size has been 15 lbs. each for an H&G fish.
- Barramundi: We are seeing a steady supply of Kuhlbarra Barramundi. We certainly had some glitches when this item was introduced, but now being through the holiday season and Chinese New Year, we expect to see a return to normal supply of this great fish. Kuhlbarra Barramundi
- Cobia: Open Blue Cobia is a great sleeper item during the winter months when wild fish availability is limited. The farming methods employed by Open Blue are sustainable, and have been Yellow Listed “Good Alternative” by Monterey Bay Seafood Watch. Open Blue Cobia
- Lake Fish: Expect to see sporadic landings of ice-fished Fresh Walleye from Lake Winnipeg in Canada. A small volume of White Bass has been showing as well, however supply will be limited. Also, Lake Whitefish landings from Lake Michigan have improved.
- Atlantic Halibut: The winter months make fishing difficult and landings inconsistent. We will expect interruptions in supply up until spring, but we do expect to see some nice product in the meantime. The early season fish are usually great quality as water temperature and the weather force shorter trips to and lead to better fish.
- California Halibut: California Halibut season is underway as well. Supply is expected to be good on 5-8lb and 8-15lb whole fish from Mid-March until August.
- Grouper: The annual Gulf of Mexico Black Grouper closure is in effect and will be extended to April 1st this year. The closure includes all types of Black Grouper caught in the U.S. and Mexican waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We will have U.S. tagged Gulf Red Grouper as well as some South American and Pacific Grouper species to bridge the gap in supply. Expect prices to remain strong as demand out paces supply, but we will have options for Grouper buyers.