Market Report: January 30, 2017

January 31, 2017

black drum

Black Drum

Black Drum are gray or black colored with a high arched back with slightly angled verticle light black stripes.  They lack the spot on the tail which the Red Drum has.

The common name “Drum fish” comes from their ability to make a drumming sound during courtship or when pulled from the water.  They do this by rubbing special muscles against an air bladder thus producing the drum-like sound.

While some prefer flounder, red drum, snapper, or some more glamorous fish, many anglers maintain that black drum less than five pounds, cleaned and prepared properly, may be better than many of these so-called “choice” fish. Black Drum Fish have a mild, sweet flavor with firm flesh and large, moist flakes  that cooks up white.  It is comparable to Red Snapper.

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Notes from our buyer

Crawfish

The 2017 Crawfish season has begun and it’s off to great start. We are seeing decent volume of product coming out of our family owned rice and crawfish fields. We are offering our value crawfish which is washed and sacked in 30lbs increments. Delivery days are Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday!

 

Halibut

East Coast Halibut availability and pricing is looking good. New fish arrived this week. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability. The Alaskan Halibut season will open on March 11th.

 

Mahi

Mahi prices are holding steady with good availability. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.

 

American Red Snapper
New fish just in from Galveston, TX. Whole fish ranging in size from 1-2, 2-4, and 4-8 are available with good availability.

 

Fresh Crabmeat
We have Fresh Domestic Crabmeat and Fresh Non Domestic Crab from Mexico. Call your sales rep today for pricing and availability.

 

Clams & Mussels

We have Manilla Clams, Littleneck Clams and Pei Mussels arriving twice a week. Call your sales rep for availability.

 

Icelandic Cod 

The Fisherman Strike in Iceland continues. Availability is improving, prices are coming down, but not quite what they were.

 

Artic Char

Arctic Char is a unique strain of saltwater char sustainably farm-raised in Iceland. Often compared to salmon and trout, Arctic Char has a distinct, sweet buttery flavor and firm pink flesh that sets it apart from other fish on the market. We get this in twice a week, ask your sales rep for more info.

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East Coast Oysters
We have a great selection of oysters this week. Make sure you are on our East Coast oyster list that we send out every week. We have access to several varieties each week.

 

Gulf Oysters

Availability has improved and we are getting in a good amount of Gulf Oysters. So far Gulf sack prices are holding steady. Gulf sacks and gallons are available.

 

Redfish & Striped Bass
Extra Jumbo Redfish (3lb and up) have a good availability right now. The availability on jumbo sized redfish (2.5-3lb) is starting to tighten up due to the colder temperatures.   Striped Bass is a great option this time of year as well.
 

Salmon
Chilean Salmon, Canadian Salmon, and North Sea Salmon prices all continue to rise. Not sure when this trend will end, but we expect it to continue for the next few months. The increase on Chilean Salmon is attributed to several factors including, last year’s historic algae bloom, the current exchange rate, and slower growth rates.

 

Wild Isles Organic Salmon 

This E.U Certified Organic salmon is unlike any other farm raised salmon where it is raised in the open ocean of the Shetland Islands, and not in a Loch or Bay like other farms raised salmons. Its certified sustainable aquaculture methods are free from all antibiotics, hormones, & GMO, and its feed is certified organic and uses no synthetic coloring or pigments added.

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Scallops
U10 Dry Scallop prices are holding steady. We expect decent supplies for the coming weeks.

 

Tuna
Tuna availability has improved and prices are looking much better. We have great 2+ and #1 fish arriving this week.

 

Grouper
Red, black, and yellow edge grouper are available in the market. Call your sales rep for prices and availability.

 

Black Drum
Good fishing weather out of Hackberry, LA has got us some good landings on drum this week. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.

 

Seabass
We currently carry H&G 20-30 kg Chilean Seabass. Seabass prices are on the rise. And we don’t see them coming down anytime soon.

 

Swordfish
Swordfish prices are down and availability is looking good.

 

Rainbow ‘Green’ and Ruby Trout

The larger sizes of the Ruby Trout are more available than they have been. For the next few months 8-10 oz and 10-12 oz Ruby will be available, but limited.

 

Wild Isles Ocean Trout

The All Natural Ocean Trout (Steelhead) is an amazing sashimi quality ocean trout with a higher fat content then salmon and a great flavor that lends itself to any type of cooking or smoking.