Market Report: September 12, 2011

September 13, 2011



It’s a white firm flesh fish similar to seabass.

Corvina is a general name for a boatload (pardon the expression) of fish found in many different parts of the world. They belong to the scaienidae family, which is better known as “drums or croakers.” Drum fish and croaker fish are differentiated by whether they produce a drumming sound or a croaking sound when they pop their heads above the water. Corvina has a mild, sweet taste with firm, large flaked flesh which is pinkish when raw but cooks up white.  The flesh resembles snapper.  In South America corvina is regarded as a prime table fish and is very popular for ceviche.

Corvina is also known as Bigtooth Corvina, Orange Mouth Corvina, Yellow Corvina, Silk Corvina, Shorfin Corvina, Gulf Corvina, Corbina, Drum, Yellow Croaker, Atlantic Croaker, California White Seabass, Chilean Croaker, Reef Croaker, Whitemouth Drummer, Shortfin Weakfish, Silver Weakfish, Sharpnose Hammer Cracker, Golden Croaker, Japanese Seabass and more.


Notes From Our Buyer

Gulf Oysters

Oyster sacks are still tight. Gold Band oysters are available, as well as frozen 144-count halfshells. Gallon oysters are tight, but no shortages just yet. It will get worse before it gets better.

Scottish Salmon Fillets

We have beautiful 3-5 Scottish salmon fillets that will knock your socks off. Prices are great, and quality is outstanding. Get with your sales rep for details.


We just received some awesome halibut. The sizes are 20-40, and the fish is outstanding.

Fresh Gulf Shrimp

Fresh Gulf white shrimp are here. We are currently bringing in 10-15 count and 26-30 count shell-on. Place your pre-orders soon. This product is beautiful and has a great shelf life!!!


This fish has a mild, sweet taste with large, firm flakes. Corvina cooks up white. Give this fish a try if you are looking to spice up your feature board.


Closed areas 1 and 2 are open and producing now. Dry scallop prices are changing weekly and wet prices will change as soon as they get some processed. Quality is outstanding!!!

Yellowfin Tuna

Tuna is looking great this week.  Prices are reasonable and quality is good!

Striped Bass

Beautiful farm-raised Texas striped bass is a perfect sustainable option for any menu!  The fish is kept below 38 degrees from the time it is harvested from the water to the time it hits your door.

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.

Domestic Crabmeat

Last week was tight because of the storm in the Gulf. The high winds tossed all the traps around making them hard to find and mostly empty. This week we should be back in business.

Domestic Catfish

Catfish continues to be tight.  The drought is not helping things at all.  The sizes that are the most plentiful are 3-5 and 5-7.


We are seeing more sea bass in the market, which is causing the price to come down a bit, but not enough to really notice. Hopefully with the lack of sales because of the high prices, the price will drop significantly soon. We will just have to wait and see.

East Coast Oysters

Frugé has a wide variety of East Coast oysters available.  We send out an availability list each week of what we have to offer.  If you are not yet receiving this list, please get with your sales person and they will gladly add you to the email list.

Cod, Sole, 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.


Steelhead is back and looking good!


Swordfish is a great buy right now.  Catches are high and quality is good.

Green, Golden, and Ruby trout

Trout is very tight right now.  All the major farms have to let their stock grow out.  Relief will be here hopefully in late September.

Mahi Mahi

Mahi season is coming back. I hope to see better prices within two weeks and then hold on!!!

Atlantic Salmon

Prices have stabilized for the past few weeks.  Hopefully we will continue to see these lower prices through the wild salmon season.


Amberjack is being caught now, but prices are high.  We should see the price drop as the amount of fish being caught increases.


The grouper is looking great, plenty now and for the weekend.


Fresh and frozen tilapia have both seen price increases.  The increase on the fresh is due to higher feed and fuel costs.  The frozen is a combination of higher costs and flooding in Indonesia and China, where the majority of frozen tilapia is produced.

Lane Snapper

The 2-4 pound fish that everyone loves is not available right now.  We hope to see some for next week.


Our redfish is farm-raised right here in Texas and is another great sustainable option for the menu.  Everyone knows its name, and it is very easy to sell.  It cooks up great any way!

Black Drum

This is a fantastic fish.  Great blackened, fried, baked, grilled, or any way you choose.  It is also great on the food cost!!!


Branzini is also known as Branzino or European sea bass.  It is best served braised whole and makes an awesome presentation on the plate.