– Striped Marlin
It doesn’t get much better than landing a marlin! Striped marlins are among the most popular catches for sport anglers due to it’s size and beauty. The striped marlin is a blue color, with light blue and lavender vertical stripes. Its dorsal fin may include dark-colored spots as well. Its belly is white and, like other billfish, its upper jaw extends out to form a spear. This bill is twice the length of its lower jaw. One of the most interesting things about the striped marlin is that it can actually change colors. When a marlin gets excited, usually while feeding or courting, its stripes may light up from regular blue to a phosphorescent blue or lavender.
Found in tropical and warm waters in the Indian and Pacific oceans, striped marlin have a mild flavor with a firm texture. The flesh color of striped marlin varies from fish to fish and varies from light pink to orange-red. Fish with orange-red flesh are particularly desired for the sashimi market. Marlin with pink to light-colored flesh are bought for up-scale restaurants. It is considered the finest eating of all marlin species because of its tender flesh.
Marlin is an excellent source of healthy, extra lean protein. It is also low in saturated fat and low in sodium. It is rich in niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, phosphorus and selenium. #FrugeSeafood
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Notes from our buyer
Canadian salmon took a jump this week due to a low supply. Two of the major processor are on shut down for a few weeks. Also we have been bringing in some beautiful farmed raised Ora Kings although this product has been very limited as well.
Several varieties of east coast oysters are available, including Chesapeake Bay, Naked Cowboys and James River.
Redfish is a great farmed product for your menu. Quantities are increasing, and we are seeing some of the Jumbo fish already. Forecast look good for supplies in the coming months. Please get with your sales team and place your orders.
The end of the Alaskan halibut season is fast approaching. Most of the product that is being caught is being frozen to build inventories to get through the off season. Supply remains to be limited.
Chilean salmon prices have flatten out as we have seen the same price for two consecutive weeks. We expect to see a jump next week with the holiday in Chile. We are also getting in large whole salmon from the North Sea, primarily from Faroe Islands.
The Gulf is open and the labor force is back to work. We are seeing a good supply of sacks and even the supply of gallons are picking up. We expect to see selects gallons next week, although the price may still be a little high.
American red snapper is everywhere, supply has simply opened up on this product. The price has dropped due to the amount available. We are buying it directly off the boats with a team that is hand grading it for us. We can get you the size that you want, just ask!
Scallop prices have taken a big jump. We expect to see this price continue to climb until after the first of the year. There is a good supply of the larger scallops but it is tight on the smaller stuff. Also Nantuck Bay has opened on November 1st but fishing has been limited due to the high winds. Hope to see some of this product early next week.
The market seems to be better this week with prices falling a little bit. We currently have both Big Eye and Yellow Tail in house. So if you looking for a higher oil content Big Eye is the way to go.
Mahi supply is great, once again this week, prices reaming steady. The fish is very fresh and is a great menu option.
Grouper prices are down a little; let’s hope this trend continues. There seems to be a good supply of fish this week.
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.
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. This time of the year we seem to see more smaller fish 1-4 lbs.
The domestic crabmeat has started to pick up with the cooler weather. Venezuela crab is off conservation and we expect to see a fall in the prices in the coming weeks due to a good supply in the near future.
Our catfish is farmed right here in Texas. Prices are on the steady rise as the supply is very tight. It appears to be tight for the remainder of the year, especially on the larger fillets.
Escolar, Opah, and Barracuda
Escolar and Marlin has landed this week from Hawaii! If there is something that you looking for from that regions let us know.
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 Halibut season draws to an end. There seems to be a little delay in getting Seabass cleared into the US due to the government being shut down.
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.
Ruby trout supply seems to remain tight. The low water supply this summer has created a shortage on the larger red meat fish from Idaho. The water supply is back up now, and the product will be more plentiful in the near future.