Market Report: March 25, 2013

March 26, 2013


Swordfish is one of several large fish known as billfish. Highly recognizable due to its sharp, pointed bill, which it uses for protection and hunting its prey, swordfish is available year-round. Longlines are the most common gear for catching swordfish worldwide, but because of the by catch problems, it is preferred as “best choice” to be caught with harpoon and handline.

Swordfish is low in calories (130 calories per 3 oz.) and high in protein (22g). It is mildly sweet with a moist, meaty texture with 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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Notes from our buyer

Live Crawfish

Crawfish prices have spiked due to cold weather and increased demand for Holy week in South Louisiana. Be prepared for shortages! Call your orders in early for our Thursday and Saturday deliveries!

The season is upon us.  We will receive our first shot of halibut this week.  The first round will be the most expensive, but it will drop as catches increase.  Looks like the majority of the halibut season will be 10-20s.

As you have noticed, salmon prices are moving up rapidly.  Canadian salmon has risen so high that we did not bring any in for the weekend.  Prices are terrible.  Several suppliers are not even buying any Canadian product because of the cost.  What I am hearing is that there is not very much product out there, and that is causing the price increase.  I hope that is the case, because they are pricing themselves out of the market.  Scottish/Norwegian/Faroe Island salmon is high, but more reasonable than Canadian.  North Sea Salmon is tight as well due to Lent and shortages in the Chilean market.  Speaking of Chile, their market is changing every week with shortages coming.  I hope when the wild salmon season opens in a month and a half, it will help drop the farmed salmon prices.


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

We have some great ARS in fresh from the Gulf.



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.



Tuna continues to be tight and expensive.  We are sourcing from all round the world to make sure the price and quality is the best for our customers.


Mahi Mahi

Mahi looks fantastic now.  Prices are down a slight bit, but not very much.



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.



Mexico is demanding high price on their fish because of Lent.  April should be much better with availability and pricing.

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.