Seafood Current Archive – Issue 2

Verlasso Salmon

Verlasso harmoniously raised fishCatanese Classic Seafood is proud to partner with Verlasso Salmon, the first farmed salmon to reach “Good Alternative” status on the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch list. Verlasso’s efforts have set the aquaculture bar higher for all salmon farmers worldwide. Their innovative methods have helped shape the future goals of the entire industry. Verlasso’s revolutionary feed, a collaboration between DuPont and Aqua Chile, is a major breakthrough in sustainability for the farmed salmon industry. As Verlasso states, raising salmon in harmony with nature, is truly a noble cause.

If you are not using the aquaculture sustainable breakthrough salmon and want to try it at home, visit our retail stand or go to your nearest Heinen’s Fine Foods store and ask for Verlasso by name. Heinen’s Fine Foods is the flagship retailer of Verlasso Salmon in Northeast Ohio and Chicago.

Worldwide Salmon Market Update
Chilean Farmed Salmon
The Chilean Salmon market is currently very soft. Prices have dropped slightly and will be stable throughout the summer. Pressure from wild salmon demand is keeping farmed salmon prices in check. Expect a stable Chilean salmon price until late September when the market could firm in preparation for November / December high demand.

European Farmed Salmon
The Faroe Island Salmon market is very stable at this time. Again, wild salmon is keeping prices down. Faroe Island prices also are in check due to softer Norwegian salmon costs. The Norwegians are in control of the European salmon market and most of the time all European salmon producers follow their lead. Russian and Chinese demand also play into European Salmon pricing. Expect Faroe Island and Norwegian Salmon prices to hold until October when they are almost certain to increase for December demand.

Canadian Farmed Salmon
Smaller sized Canadian fish are in good supply and pricing is as low as we have seen in quite a while. Again, aided by the wild salmon run prices will remain stable until fall.

Wild Salmon
The Alaskan Sockeye run is in full swing. Prices are very attractive and the run should last through July and into early August. Coho salmon will follow the sockeye run in August and should be available through mid-September.

King Salmon Season Closed
The troll-caught king salmon season has been closed as of Thursday, July 9th. The king by-catch limit has been reached and this shut down the fishing season for the year. There will be net-caught river kings available through the next 2 months. Expect king prices to rise and supply to be more limited.

Hawaiian Marlin
There is some controversy these days regarding Marlin, its sustainability, and whether responsible fish mongers should sell it. Catanese Classic Seafood is deeply invested in making sure we buy and sell as responsibly as possible. Currently, Hawaiian Blue Marlin is on the yellow (good alternative) list on Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch guide. Monterey Bay has yet to complete a current assessment of the Hawaiian Striped Marlin fishery. If the population of Striped Marlin is solid, it should receive the same level as the Blue Marlin fishery as they are caught by the same vessels in the same manner in the same waters. They are reviewing the stocks of the species as well as other factors. When we receive Hawaiian caught Marlin it’s accompanied with a certificate of eligibility from the vessel that landed the fish. This chain of custody form must accompany all Marlin caught in Hawaiian waters. It includes vessel and captain name, method of catch, location of catch and the size and species of each fish landed. The Pacific long-line fishery has the most extensive government observer program in the industry.

Any Marlin not caught in Hawaiian waters currently is illegal to import or sell in the US. With Hawaiian Marlin being the only legal Marlin allowed in the country combined with the efforts to monitor and control all Hawaiian Marlin caught it’s is our opinion Hawaiian Marlin is a great grill fish that everyone should feel comfortable buying and selling.

Seafood Current Archive – Issue 1

Welcome to Catanese Classic Seafood’s inaugural newsletter edition! First of all, thanks for taking time from your day to read this report. We will report on seafood market news twice a month to help educate and inform you of current and pertinent information regarding the ever changing seafood world. For those who don’t know us, we are one of Ohio’s leading seafood distributors. We are committed to the sustainability of our industry and all our waterways. Catanese Classic Seafood is the first seafood distributor in the state of Ohio to collaborate with Monterey Bay Aquarium in their Seafood Watch program. We also support the My Gulf Wild traceable Grouper and Snapper fishery in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Catanese Classic Seafood is Ohio’s exclusive wholesale distributor of Verlasso Salmon. Combining our efforts with those of the state’s best retailer, Heinen’s Fine Foods, we proudly represent the cutting edge sustainable Verlasso Salmon. Again, thanks for taking time to read our reports.

Wild Salmon Update
We are now reaching the peak of the wild Sockeye Salmon season. Many areas are now open from the Copper River to as far west as King’s Cove in the Aleutians. Sockeye is known in Alaska as Reds and should be running strong through July. This is the best time of the year for quality and price. King Salmon has been slower to come on strong but signs are looking better each day. Southeast Alaska is starting to produce more reasonable priced Kings. Supply should be good at least through July.

Open areas for Wild Salmon that we are seeing fish include: Copper River, Prince William Sound, Cook’s Inlet, Southeast Alaska, Ketchikan, and Sand Point of King’s Cove.

Lake Fish Update
Usually by July we have reached the heat of summer. With the heat of summer comes a slowdown in Lake Fish landings. This year we are far behind in the heat of summer. I expect us to be behind in the slowdown as well. What happens as the water warms the fish look for cooler waters. These waters are far east of the Central Fishing basin and far deeper. The fish become more dormant than when they feed in spring and fall making it harder to get fish to move into nets. Many fishermen stop fishing during the heat of summer and return to the water as fall gets closer and the fish return to feed and fatten for the upcoming winter.

We expect Yellow Perch supply to remain good through the month of July with stable pricing.

Walleye supply should be good until at least mid-July and possibly through the entire month of July. Expect the slowdown to happen in August.

Wild Striped Bass
The Summer Wild Striped Bass season in Massachusetts is upon us. Annually as the Striped Bass migrate north into New England waters the state of Massachusetts opens the fishing season for Large Wild Striped Bass. The fish must be at least 34 inches long ensuring all caught fish will be 20 pounds or larger. This is a very heavily regulated fishery. Each vessel is only allowed to land 15 fish each day. The season is only opened on Mondays and Thursdays establishing a limit of 30 Striped Bass a week per vessel to prevent any gluts of supply. The quota was reduced this year by 25% to a total of 486,000 pounds or approximately 19,000 fish. Considering the national demand for this great fish, that is a very limited supply. The season will end when the quota is reached or Labor Day if it hasn’t. With good fishing the quota could be realized by early August. So don’t wait if you want to take advantage of this great fish.

North Atlantic Sea Scallop – Summer Spawning
Spawning season is in full swing! During this time of year scallops will begin to purge a white milky liquid and have a softer texture. This is a completely natural cycle in the life of a North Atlantic Sea Scallop and not much can be done to prevent the excess purge. We are seeing most of the spawn coming from open area trips that are predominately from the Mid Atlantic. We will continue to monitor and source from areas that show the least amount of spawn.