Market Report: April 1, 2013

April 2, 2013

Barramundi, Asian seabass



Barramundi is known by many around the world as Asian seabass. Relatively new to the U.S. market, barramundi is finding a place in the restaurant world in both high-end and mid-scale. Barramundi, which means “river fish with large scales,” was named by the Australian Aboriginies. It spends most of its life in rivers, migrating to estuaries to breed and then returning to its original river system.  Barramundi is a versatile fish and has a high enough oil content to keep the flesh moist while cooking. The sweet, mild flavor lends itself to a wide range of sauces and spices. Small barramundi are milder in flavor than larger fish. The few bones in the fish are large and easily removed.

Interestingly, a barramundi’s age is determined by counting growth rings on their scales (much like counting growth rings on a tree). Also, virtually all barramundi are born male, then turn into females when they are three to four years old.  This means female barramundi can only be courted by younger men!

Barramundi is a great fish for any menu and a fun story to tell.


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Notes from our buyer

Live Crawfish

Price relief is on the way.  We’ll see lower prices for the weekend.  We’re starting to see fresh domestic crawfish tail meat.  Call your Frugé Seafood sales rep to pre-order this great product.

We have some beautiful halibut from the Gulf of Alaska.  The fish are coming in mostly 10-20, but we can get the larger sizes if you need it.  Please let you sales rep know.

Canadian and North Sea salmon fillets continue to be high due to high demand.  We hope that prices will go down with Lent coming to an end.


Gulf Oysters

Quality oysters continue to be tight.  We have some great relationships to keep us in oysters as much as possible.  We will be short only when Mother Nature is short.


Jonah Crabmeat

We are offering beautiful Jonah all leg crabmeat.  This meat is from the east coast and has a sweet flavor.  This is a great item for the feature board.  We also have scored Jonah crab claws.  This is sold by pre-order only.


American Red Snapper

The snapper is beautiful and perfect for any menu.



Looks like U/10 dry scallops are going to be tight for the next two years.  The quotes are shrinking, and the product projections are not looking good.  Prices have already begun to rise.



Prices will be down for the weekend.  Catches are up and quality is nice.


Mahi Mahi

Mahi is extremely tight because boats were in for Easter.  Availability will be up and prices a little down next week, if all goes according to plan.



We have some nice 400-600 gram whole fish.  This is great for serving whole, or we can cut it into fillets for you.


East Coast Oysters

The weather in Canada is making harvesting rough.  It should get better in a couple of weeks.  Most of the East Coast oysters are coming out of the good old USA.



We are seeing some nice catches from Mexico.  Hopefully the supply will be strong and prices more reasonable.

Our farmed striped bass is from right here in Texas.  It is harvested, transported, prepared, and shipped under controlled temps.  This increases the quality and shelf life for you.


Prices are up due to higher feed costs.  Availability is good and quality is excellent!


Black Drum

Black drum is up due to low catches and bad weather.

Domestic crab meat is hit or miss right now.  We should see some in April.


Lane Snapper

Lanes are here and are beautiful.

Domestic Catfish

Prices are up a bit due to high feed prices and Lent demands.


Mongchong, Opah, and Barracuda

Looking for something from Hawaii???  We have a great partner over there that supplies us with fantastic fish from the Hawaiian waters.



We have a variety of seabass options.  We have H&G sized 20-30 kg and 30+ kg, as well as fillets cut from those sizes.  Get with your sales rep for details.


CodSole, and Haddock

These east coast treats are a great change to your feature board!  With the movement of business travelers and transplants from all over, you don’t want to miss out on some great valued fish to add to your menu or feature board.  We only bring in what you want, so get your pre-orders in now.


Live Lobsters

We offer a full range of sizes of live lobsters straight from Maine and Canada.  Order today, and we will get them to you tomorrow.


Rainbow ‘Green’, Golden, and Ruby trout

Green trout is what the guys on the farm call the regular rainbow trout.  Since they have ruby and golden as well, it is just a term they use to distinguish between the three.  Our ‘green’ trout is what every sales person calls rainbow trout.  Red and golden continue to be very tight.  The end is not in sight yet.