Market Report: February 3, 2014

February 8, 2014









Swordfish is a highly migratory, predatory fish characterized by a long, flat bill. They are harvested worldwide in deep temperate and tropical seas year-round. Swordfish is low in calories (130 calories per 3 oz.) and high in protein (22g). It is mildly sweet with a moist, meaty texture and moderately high fat content. The flesh can range from white/ivory to pink or orange. The color variations do not reflect quality. All swordfish meat turns beige in color after cooking.

FDA note: Swordfish have high levels of methyl-mercury, so the FDA advises that pregnant women, nursing women, women of childbearing age, and young children avoid eating swordfish.



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Fresh and Spicy Combined!

We are excited to announce that we are partnering up with Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods

in Boston this year at the Seafood Expo North America, March 16-18!

We look forward to meeting with our suppliers and furthering relationships that we take great pride in developing.

New friends and old, come by our booth and check us out.


Frugé Seafood/ Booth #2381


Notes from our buyer

Canadian Salmon

Canadian salmon supply seems to be back with prices falling slightly this past week. We feel that they will be fairly flat for the next few months.


East Coast Oysters

Several varieties of east coast oysters are available, including Chesapeake Bay, Wellfleet and Blue Points. The weather in the north east has limited the amount of varieties that we are seeing. Check out our East Coast Oyster list.



Redfish supply has picked up and we are able to get our hands on all sizes. This product is grown right here in Texas, which give you the freshest fish possible. A new shipment of product is schedule to arrive on Thursday.



Chilean salmon prices remain high, with only a few cents per pound relief this week.  We hope to see the price continue to fall for the next couple of weeks.


Gulf Oysters

We are seeing a good supply of sacks and gallons with most of our oyster coming out of Texas. Sizes are a little small right now but still great quality. Cold weather in Louisiana and Texas has really put a damper on production.


American Red Snapper

American red snapper is hard to find in the market right now cold weather has cause problems with snapper as well. We hope to have product by the end of the week. Lane snapper seems to be limited but available.



Scallop prices remain high and are going to stay high. We don’t see any end in sight on the cost of scallops. There is a good supply of the larger scallops but it is tight on the smaller stuff.



Tuna seems to be soften up, especially on the domestic product. We have been able to pull some beautiful Yellow fins in from Coast Rica. Prices remain high, but expect them to fall over the next few weeks.


Mahi Mahi and Sword

Mahi supply is great, once again this week, prices reaming steady. Additionally there seems to be a lot of Sword available. Sword is a great option as it is featured as the fish of the week



Red Grouper is tight in the market place this week, so we have brought in some great looking Black Grouper. Grouper market will stay tight with the Mexican season closing Feb 15 through March 15.


Our farmed striped bass is from right here in Texas, this allows us to give our customers the longest possible shelf life possible.  Prices have soften a little and we feel that they should remain stable through the end of the year.

Black Drum

Many of you may be considering black drum as an alternative to redfish.  As the temperature states to fall we are seeing a better supply of drum.


The domestic crabmeat is hard to find right now, once again. It is that time of the year that domestic crab is hard to come by.  Venezuela crab is available and coming in every week.


Domestic Catfish

Our catfish is farmed right here in Texas.  Prices have remains flat and the farms seem to have all of the supply issue worked out. The larger fillets are the only item that seem to be in question.



We have a variety of seabass options.  We continue to carry H&G (20-30 kg) as well as a smaller 10-20kg if that is more of what you’re looking for. The Seabass is on the rise and will continue to increase as the Chilean quote was cut by almost a third of last year.


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. Lobster prices are on the rise: lobster are moving into deeper water and not as active as before.


Rainbow ‘Green’, Golden, and Ruby trout

Ruby trout supply is much better. The only shortage is on the larger golden trout fillet from Idaho.  The water supply is back up now, and the product will be more plentiful in the near future.