APRIL 2018 MARKET UPDATE

 

  • Farmed Salmon: Prices on farmed salmon from all origins are moving upward.  This trend is normal as demand during Lent and Mother’s Day pushes prices up.  However, additional pressure is being placed on the salmon market worldwide by an algae bloom in Chile earlier in the year which caused farms to harvest fish earlier than expected.  We do not expect relief until June in regards to farmed salmon prices.
  • Cod: Iceland has had a temporary glitch in supply due to the Easter holiday, supply will return to normal within a week or so.
  • Skrei Cod: As the annual migration comes to an end, supply will only last the next couple weeks.
  • Wolf Fish:  Our first shipment of H&G Wolf Fish arrived last week.  This Norwegian fishery is well-managed, and recognized for its sustainable practices.
  • Lake Fish: Walleye fishing has been very strong this early season.  Yellow Perch opens in Ohio on May 1st.  Catches should be strong in May and June.  White Bass, White Perch and Whitefish have been coming in strong and expect those species to be in good supply through June.
  • Sword and Tuna:  Sword and Tuna supply should improve in the coming 2 weeks as fishermen fish the Full Moon of last weekend.  We are expecting a good supply of Sword over the next 2 weeks and prices should be attractive as well.  Tuna supply will improve, but we do not expect prices to fall as low as Sword this cycle.
  • Grouper: As of April 1st, the annual Gulf of Mexico black grouper closure is over.  It will take the fishermen a few weeks to bring in a steady supply.
  • Mahi Mahi:  The Alaskan Halibut fishery has opened with strong catches and great prices.  This has driven down the prices on Canadian Atlantic caught Halibut.  Expect good landings early, but supply will taper off as Wild Salmon season approaches in late May.
  • Soft Crabs:  We expect to see Soft Crabs starting to show in the South over the next couple of weeks.  The Maryland/ Virginia season will open just before the full moon on April 29th. From here, the first strong run will continue through mid-May.

 

Pictured above; Parrotfish in our retail market in the Flats.  Below; Santa Barbara Smokehouse Smoked Salmon on Bagel and Smoked Salmon appetizer board.

MARCH 2018 MARKET UPDATE

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.

FEBRUARY 2018 MARKET UPDATE

First order of business is to address our cover photos.  We had the opportunity to stop in Blue Point Grille who created this beautiful oyster display.   Blue Point’s happy hour is easily one of the best in the city, and the atmosphere cannot be beat. (hint: Valentine’s Day)

Although February marks the middle of winter, there is still plenty to look forward to in the upcoming month. In the fish and seafood world:

  • Skrei Cod: Our first shipment arrives this week! Call ahead to order.
  • The salmon market is stable to slightly up going into February.  We do not see any drastic changes going into Lent but plan for a slight uptick if any change does happen.
  • Black Sea Bass has been in good supply and should continue a nice run with fish landing in the Mid-Atlantic States of Maryland and Virginia as well as the Carolinas.  Sizing note:
    • Medium Black Bass .75-1.25lbs
    • Large 1.25-2lbs
    • Jumbo 2lbs and up
  • We are still seeing a good volume of 5-8# Wild Striped Bass.  This fish is being landed in Maryland and Virginia as well.  We expect supply to be good for another few weeks at least.
  • Lake Fish: Expect to see sporadic landings of ice fished Walleye from Lake Winnipeg in Canada.  Also, landings of Lake Whitefish from Lake Michigan have improved.
  • Clams:  After a hard freeze in the South and Mid-Atlantic, clam availability is slowly making its return.  However, more winter weather could lead to additional interruptions in clam producing regions.
  • Halibut:  The IPHC (International Pacific Halibut Commission) has set quotas for the Pacific Halibut fishery. Although most felt a quota reduction was necessary, the quota level of 2017 was again set for 2018. The season will open Saturday March 24th and continue until Nov. 7th or earlier if quotas are met.

Don’t let the grey skies and snow keep you inside.  February is the perfect time to get out and explore the dining and food scene in your city.  Some important dates to keep in mind:

  • Fat Tuesday February 13th
  • Valentine’s Day & Lent on February 14th (the perfect merger of love and fish)
  • Heinen’s Chagrin Falls is hosting a Bubbles and Oysters night on February 16th Bubbles and Oysters Info
  • Butcher and the Brewer’s Stout it Out Loud 2018, combines beer and oysters (a win-win in our books), holding festivities on Saturday, February 17th—-  Stout it Out Info.
  • Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week runs from February 16-25, and all the heavy-hitters in Cleveland’s dining scene are participating.  Follow the link for more details and events Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week