Market Report: September 5, 2011

September 7, 2011




Canadian Halibut

Called “the beast of the ocean floor,” it’s hard to imagine what it’s like to reel in a huge fighting-fish like the Canadian halibut. The halibut is among the largest bony fish in the world. They are strong swimmers and are able to migrate long distances. Halibut meat is very mild and sweet with firm flakes. Halibut is delicious grilled, baked, broiled, sautéed, or poached, and because its meat is so firm, it is perfect for kebabs.


Notes From Our Buyer

Gulf Oysters

This is the first week of shortages on sacks.  We are not sure how bad it will be, but we will get as many as we can.  Gallons production should be better than sacks.  We will have frozen pillow pack oysters to back up the fresh gallons and frozen 144 ct half shells to back up the sacks.

Escolar, Mako, Marlin, and Triple Tail

All these beautiful fish will be available for the weekend.  Place your pre-orders now!!!

Wild Alaskan Coho

These Coho salmon are straight from Alaska and look beautiful.  Keep pushing them because the season will not last much longer


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

Finger production is low right now.  The heat and drought conditions have caused the crabs to not move around quite as much as before.  This causes the fisherman to make fewer trips to conserve fuel and labor costs.  Lump, jumbo, and claw should be fine.

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 seabass 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 is still very tight, but the season will open in a couple of months.  This is affecting both the fresh and frozen markets.

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.