Market Report: January 4, 2016

January 10, 2016

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

Halibut
East Coast Halibut has limited availability right now, and prices are high. Please call your sales rep for availability.

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Mahi

Mahi prices are holding steady with good availability.

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American Red Snapper-
We were able to get fish from Galveston this week. Whole fish ranging in size from 1-2, 2-4, and 4-8.
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Golden Tile-
Golden Tile from the Gulf is available. A very lean fish and perfect for the most select menus.

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Fresh Crabmeat
Cold weather and the holidays have affected the availability of fresh Domestic Crabmeat. Domestic Crab Meat is not available this week. We are able to get Fresh Crabmeat out of Venezuela, which is currently available with good prices. Call your sales rep today to place an order.

 

Clams & Mussels

Littleneck Clams and Mussels are in good supply, with good availability.

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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.

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East Coast Oysters

We have a nice variety of oysters this week from the East Coast. Make sure you are on our East Coast oyster list that we send out every week.

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Gulf Oysters
The holiday weekend and high winds limited how many boats went out, and has limited availability of gulf oysters. Although the market is tight, we have product arriving this week.

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Redfish & Striped Bass
The availability on jumbo sized redfish (2.5-3lb) continues to be limited. Extra Jumbo (3lb and up) are in decent supply and will be more available than the smaller sizes. Striped Bass is a great option this time of year as well.
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Salmon
Chilean Salmon prices are up a little, with all sizes available. North Sea salmon prices are still up, with availability improving this week.

 

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.

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Tuna
Tuna production is looking good with prices up a little. We will have great 2+ and #1 fish arriving this week. We are also getting a shot of tuna from the Gulf of Mexico.

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

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Black Drum
We have new fish arriving from Hackberry, LA. Great blackened, fried, baked, grilled, or any way you choose. Get with your sales rep for an order, this fish sells fast!

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Seabass
We have a variety of seabass sizing options.  We continue to carry H&G 20-30 kg as well as a smaller 10-20 kg if that is more of what you’re looking for. Prices are continuing to move up.

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Swordfish
Swordfish pricing is on the rise, and the market is starting to tighten up. We will have product arriving for the weekend.

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Wolf Fish
Ever tried it? This is a great fish that is perfect for grilling or baking. The ferocious-looking wolfish gets its name from the sharp, protruding teeth it uses to feast on lobsters, clams and other shellfish.  Found from southern New England to Greenland and the Barents Sea, the bottom dwelling cold water creature is primarily a bycatch of trawl fisheries targeting cod, haddock and other ground fish. Iceland, which has a direct fishery for the species, is the largest producer.

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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.

The rainbow trout supply seems to be stable. The variety of the cuts and sizes of this fish never cease to amaze me. There are many options to meet your menu specifications.

 

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.