JUNE 2018 MARKET UPDATE

Not only have the summer months brought openings in the seafood market (see wild salmon and lake fish below) but the recent temperatures are pretty much begging you to get outside and do some grilling.  Pictured above is a farmed Salmon fillet from the Faroe Islands.  When people think eating healthy, they are immediately drawn to salmon because it’s packed with omega 3’s and protein.  However, keep an open mind this summer.  Using less popular fish is great for species preservation and sustainability, not to mention easy to cook and great tasting!  Stay tuned for our more in-depth guide to grilling some of our favorite fish and seafood.  Here is our market guide to kick off the summer months!

  • Farmed Salmon:  Prices from Chile are softening slightly and should continue to drop for the next few weeks before stabilizing for the remainder of the summer. European Salmon prices are currently high, but also should drop slightly and then stabilize for the summer. Alternatively, 60 South and Verlasso pricing should be stable through the period.
  • Wild Salmon: The Copper River season has been very poor to date and many areas scheduled to open June 1st & 4th have been cancelled or pushed back. We expect the Sockeye run to start soon but have not really seen much if any landings to speak of to date. Once the run gets going supply should be good through July.
  • Cod:  Iceland had a Fishermen’s holiday over the weekend that slowed the supply of Cod but it should be back to normal quickly. Supply of all Icelandic Cod should be good and stable all summer.
  • Lake Fish: Walleye fishing has been very good this early season and is expected to be strong through July. Again, most of the catch, 75% at least is Medium sized Walleye. This will be the trend through next year. Yellow Perch landings have been very strong in May and is expected to be good through June. The water temperature is slowly rising and this will cause the fish to move to deeper colder waters. Usually we are seeing this happen by now but this year fish movement is late. This might give us more mid-summer fish usual but only time will tell. White Bass is slowing down as usual this time of year. Expect White Bass production to be hit or miss through the summer.
  • Halibut:  Both coasts are producing very nice Halibut now. Great quality product is being landing by both. Expect Alaska to slow production as wild salmon season strengthens. Many fishermen hold quota for both species but Salmon needs to be fished when they’re there and now is the time. Halibut season goes until November, so they will go back to it when the Salmon run ends. Atlantic fish will be available all summer but pricing will be slightly stronger than current numbers.
  • Soft Crabs:  Season is in full swing right now. The run will have ups and downs through the next 6 weeks. But for the most part soft crabs will be available through July and into early August.

 

The Culture and Beauty of Patagonia

In remote areas of Chilean Patagonia the sprawling mountain ranges, countryside, and bright blue water appear untouched by mankind.  Verlasso Salmon strives to preserve this natural beauty and work with the community to maintain a sustainable fishery for future generations.   Both Catanese Classic Seafood and Verlasso Salmon collaborate with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch to innovate their practices and provide sustainable choices to consumers.  In fact, Verlasso Salmon was the first ocean-raised Atlantic salmon to receive a yellow label/Good Alternative rating by Seafood Watch.  Consumers seeking a quality product can trust their choice in Verlasso because they never use hormones or antibiotics to grow or raise their fish.  To protect the environment, they do not use copper anti-foulants in their nets or enclosures or organophosphates on their farms.  Verlasso first arrived on the scene with their ability to reduce the amount of feeder fish and water to produce a quality salmon.  Today they have made sustainable innovations throughout their entire operation to ensure the preservation of the environment and culture in the region surrounding their farms.

Visiting the Origin of Verlasso Salmon

In early November, Catanese Classic Seafood and Heinen’s Grocery Store sent representatives on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to visit the Verlasso Salmon farms in Chilean Patagonia.  Verlasso Salmon, known for its innovation in sustainable farming practices, has made its home in Patagonia by adapting to and preserving the environment and traditional culture of this pristine region.  Over the next week we will share this experience and provide insight into the future of farming in the salmon business.  At home, consumers who desire the clean, fresh taste of Verlasso Salmon, can purchase it at any Heinen’s Grocery Store or at Catanese Classic Seafood.  From the bright blue water of the Pacific Ocean to the astonishing magnitude of the Andes Mountains, this region offers countless reminders that working in harmony with the natural world is a top priority.

Day 1:  The 20 hour trek spanned from Cleveland, OH –> Miami, FL –> Santiago, Chile before an afternoon landing in Puerto Mont. After meeting with the team at Verlasso, dinner was prepared by Restaurant Las Tranqueras in Puerto Varas.

Day 2:  To see the true origin of the Verlasso Salmon, the group took a morning trip to the hatchery in a small town outside of Puerto Montt.

Wild Salmon Update – 6/5/17

As of June 1st many fishing areas have opened for Wild Salmon. The weather hasn’t cooperated as hoped and landing have been light. King have been almost non-existent from anywhere but the Copper River. This goes against projections. Kings were thought to be very light but our reports from our favorite Copper River fisherman says otherwise. They have landed more Kings so far this year than most of the seasons total of the last 2 years. This, of course, is one fisherman’s findings. Not everybody is having that kind of luck but we do see more Copper River kings than we expected. The hope is this translates to a better overall King Salmon catch than we have seen in the past few years. Only time will tell. We expect landings from the many open areas to increase production volume and lower prices We feel the week leading to Father’s Day will be a great time to promote Wild Alaskan Salmon.

The Rebuilding of a Hatchery

On April 22nd, 2015 the Camanchaca Hatchery in Petrohue, Chile suffered the effects of a natural disaster: the eruption of the Calbuco Volcano. Since then, they’ve been hard at work rebuilding this state-of-the-art facility and making it even better than it was before. See their extraordinary story of determination and community as they rebuild their salmon and trout hatchery.

 

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