Market Report: September 19, 2011

September 21, 2011



Also known as black kingfish, black salmon, ling, lemonfish, crabeaters, aruan tasek, and more, cobia is a popular fish due to its firm texture and excellent flavor. U.S. farmed cobia is a “Best Choice,” due to low environmental impacts. Consumers should “Avoid” imported farmed cobia. Our vendor has created an environmentally safe and sustainable open ocean farming method. Open ocean farming is successful because fish are cultivated in native waters far offshore in the open ocean and raised in a strong flow of pristine waters that have not been impacted or influenced by land. This way, their methods create a sustainable product that can satiate growing appetites without poisoning the environment, oceans, sea life or us. Being mercury, PCB and contaminant free, pregnant women, nursing mothers, young children, and those with a compromised immune system can all enjoy as much as they want of what might just be the most delicious fish they’ve ever had.


Notes From Our Buyer


We are able to get some great looking Cobia.  It will be available for the weekend.


We will be getting a nice shot of AJ for the weekend.  This will be beautiful domestic amberjack, and the price is right!

Mahi Mahi 

The season is not here yet, but prices are coming back down a little.  Product should be rolling pretty soon though.

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.


Halibut is still looking great.  Prices are high but well worth it.

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!!!


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

Crabmeat looks a lot better this week.  Production is back!!!

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.


Not too much of a change in the sea bass market.  Prices are still high.

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!


Prices are up again, but we have beautiful Nova Scotia product ready to impress.

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.

Atlantic Salmon

Prices will be up a little this week due to the holidays in Chili.   They should be back down to normal next week.


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 seabass.  It is best served braised whole and makes an awesome presentation on the plate.