A quick look at the fresh fish and seafood global market. Wild-caught species are inconsistent and more difficult to catch due to weather issues in many parts of the world. This is a great time to turn to farm-raised fish including Ora King Salmon from New Zealand, Arctic Char from Iceland, Chilean Seabass from the Southern Hemisphere, Tilapia from Costa Rica, Trout from Idaho, Bronzini from the Mediterranean, Barramundi from Singapore, and Cobia from Panama. These are great tasting alternatives and many of them are rated Green “Best Choice” or Yellow “Good Alternative” by Monterey Bay Seafood Watch for sustainability.
Keep on your radar:
- Farmed Salmon market is stable but expect prices to increase going into Lenten season in February.
- Wolffish will be out until early March. The Norwegian season is ongoing and new product is expected in the country by late February- early March.
- Skrei Cod should be showing in Norway by the end of January to early February. Expected availability is February.
- California halibut season opens in late January. Expected availability is early February.
- Walleye will be previously frozen product for the next 2 months. Baring a major weather break, we do not expect fishing to start until March.
- Tuna and Swordfish supply is traditionally shorter this time of year. Supply should improve with better pricing by Spring.
- Black grouper will be closed for fishing in the Gulf of Mexico from mid-February to mid-March for the yearly spawn protection closure. This will put pressure on supply from all other Grouper producing areas. Expect Grouper to be available but pricing will be strong.