Market Report: July 1, 2013

July 11, 2013

Crab Cakes

Domestic Crabmeat

Domestic crabmeat is processed from the body cavity of the blue crab. Louisiana blue crabs are revered for their delicate, sweet flavor and cooking versatility. The blue crab is found abundantly in the bayous, rivers, and inlets of Louisiana and is one of the most popular of the more than 4,500 species of crabs found worldwide. Louisiana crab has become a standard of fine dining.

Blue crabs are harvested in traps year round, for sales across the country, with peak harvest levels coming in the warm summer and fall months.  They’re called “beautiful swimmer,” Callinectes spaidus, because of their back legs flattened into paddles and handsome blue-green shell. Blue crabs are a traditional Cajun favorite and have found a wide following nationwide.

Versatile and succulent, the hand-picked meat is adaptable to casseroles, au grautin toppings, and as a complement to various finfish and shell fish dishes. It can be formed into balls and fried, added to traditional Cajun gumbos and etouffees, and blended with a variety of seasonings for completely different taste combinations.

The meat of the blue crab is rich in nutrients and low in calories. Blue crab meat has fewer calories than king crab and more iron than either snow crab or dungeness. An average 3.5 ounce portion of blue crab meat has one half the USDA daily allowance of protein, yet contains only 80 calories. Blue crabs remain live until the moment of cooking, so the product is processed fresh and retains its natural flavor.


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Orders must be placed by 4:00 PM for next day morning delivery.
All orders placed after 4:00 PM will be delivered the next business afternoon.
If you have any questions please give us a call at 877-215-4872.


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Notes from our buyer

Live Crawfish

July 4th typically marks the official “un-official” end of crawfish season. Small amounts of crawfish are still making their ways into the traps, but volume is considerably down. We will keep running crawfish until they stop all together. Because of weather, the stoppage could happen almost immediately. It’s safe to say there are no guarantees on crawfish availability from this point forward.


Wild Salmon

Copper River kings are closing this Sunday, but other wild kings are available. Copper River sockeyes are still available, but the price is up, so if the price for true Copper River sockeye sounds too good to be true, it probably is.



Our Louisiana Gulf amberjack is out of season as the quota has been harvested. We will let you know as soon as it re-opens.

The halibut looks fantastic – size 20-40 directly from Alaska.

Soft shell crabs
We have some beautiful soft shells, whales and jumbos, for your feature board.  Get them while the season lasts.

Global demand coupled with lower production has salmon prices rising, especially in Chile.  Several farms have overharvested to avoid the ISA and other issues.  This has left these farms with little to no product.  Several large frozen programs continue to scoop up a large amount of salmon as well.  We are hoping to see more production in the next two months, but we will have to wait and see.  We are also getting in large whole salmon from the North Sea (country of origin either Scotland, Faroe Islands, or Norway).


Gulf Oysters

Summer is here and oysters will continue to be tight.  Public seasons are closed, forcing our vendors to turn to their private leases.  This means that there are fewer areas to fish from and a more limited supply to sort through.  We will continue to support our loyal customers, as always, through this challenging time.


American Red Snapper

Product continues to be tight, but we do have them.



Looks like U/10 dry scallops are going to be tight for the next two years.  The real value is in the U/12’s.



Our tuna is great. Prices are very nice right now.  Get it while it lasts.


Mahi Mahi

Mahi continues to be tight and the prices are rising.


East Coast Oysters

Blue Points are back. Several other varieties of east coast oysters are also available. Ask your sales rep about your options, and they can also assist you with flavor profiles.



Grouper is really coming in now.  Prices are nice.


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.


This is a fantastic fish for any application and is consistently the freshest fish we have.


Black Drum

The black drum will be harder to get as the waters warm up and they move to deeper / cooler water.

We are seeing some domestic meat now.  Get your pre-orders in, and we will do our best to fill them.


Lane Snapper

Lanes are here and are beautiful.

Domestic Catfish

Prices are steady but quality is great!!!  Farmed right here in Texas.


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 as well as fillets cut from that size.  Get with your sales rep for details.


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.


Steelhead Trout
Shortages from Chile are causing this product to be more expensive and less available.  We are bringing in product from Peru that is a little smaller in size, but great quality.