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Market Report: March 23, 2015

 

Wahoo

Wahoo

Ono, another name for Wahoo, means “sweet, very good to eat” in Hawaiian. Built like a torpedo, they are fast swimmers. A Wahoo is a close relative to the King Mackerel. Ono feed near the surface in 30 to 50 fathoms along coastal ledges and are occasionally caught in open deep water. The vast majority of Ono are caught in Hawaiian waters by trollers.

This well-known Pacific fish is deliciously cooked in a variety of ways. The fillets of the Wahoo are white and firm with a flaky and delicate texture. It’s flavor is mild. Wahoo is delicious saut’ed, baked, broiled or fried. Hawaii Wahoo is an excellent source of healthy, extra lean protein. It is also low in saturated fat and low in sodium.

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Notes from our buyer

FRUGE SEAFOODS is proud to announce it will now be the exclusive distributor of PureFish sustainable seafood products for Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. We will now be offering their full line of sustainable and Organic seafood items with direct shipment from Europe to ensure top quality and freshness for our customers.

Wild Isles Organic Salmon – this E.U Certified Organic salmon is unlike any other farm raised salmon where it is raised in the open ocean of the Shetland Islands, and not in a Loch or Bay like other farms raised salmons. Its certified sustainable aquaculture methods are free from all antibiotics, hormones, & GMO, and its feed is certified organic and uses no synthetic coloring or pigments added. This allows for the quality, taste, and texture of a Wild King salmon to be available year round. You and your customers will taste and see the difference.

Wild Isles Ocean Trout – All Natural Ocean Trout (Steelhead) begins its life in fresh water land based closed containment recirculation tanks, once these rainbow trout reach maturity, they are then transferred to wild water off the island of Skye in Scotland where the continue their grow-out in salt water until they reach a harvest size of 7-12 lbs each. The result is an amazing sashimi quality ocean trout with a higher fat content then salmon and a great flavor that lends itself to any type of cooking or smoking. This sustainably raised ocean trout is a more sustainable and lower costing than a similar Tasmanian Ocean Trout.

Anglesey Aquaculture Mediterranean Sea Bass (Bronzino) – Unlike any other Mediterranean sea bass, this is truly sustainable.  Welsh sea bass is raised in a ZERO WASTE land based recirculation farm in Wales, UK. From egg to harvest every detail of its life cycle is cared for and highly monitored to produce the best tasting sea bass using no antibiotics, hormones, and feed free from all GMO’s. Sustainable aquaculture and a zero waste policy (all waste from farms is collected and sold as organic fertilizer to local Welsh farmers) ensures that this sea bass is truly the world’s most sustainable bronzino. You and your customers will truly take the difference and have a boutique product that is only available in 3 cities in North America.

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Mahi prices are starting to fall this week. Decent amounts of fish are coming in from Costa Rica and Equador

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Halibut
Our first few shipments of Alaskan Halibut went very quick. Prices are falling quickly, expect decent amounts of large fish and decent prices towards the end of the week.

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American Red Snapper
We are seeing beautiful fish out of Texas every week. Whole fish ranging in size from 1-2, 2-4 and 4-10.

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Bell Farms Steelhead Trout
We have Bell Farms Steelhead Trout in 10lbs increments. Fillet sizes are 7-9oz skin on boneless fillets. Bell Farms Trout has been designated Best Choice by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® Program.

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Clams & Mussels

P.E.I. mussels are stilled iced in, and West Coast mussels supplies are limited. We are expecting a small amounts of mussels arriving at the end of the week. We will keep you posted on the next available shipment.

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Cod, Sole, and Haddock 
Decent cod and scrod are landing this week. We expect to have product throughout the week.
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Flounder

The Carolinas have fish this week, but it’s going quick. Get it while it lasts, they are going fast!

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East Coast Oysters 
More varieties of East Coast oysters are hitting the market. Make sure you are on our East Coast oyster list that we send out every week.

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Gulf Oysters 
Areas of Galveston have been closed due to fresh water pouring into the bay. Gulf sacks are short this week. MS and LA are still in the process of re-seeding their beds. Gallons are looking good with most of our oysters coming out of Texas. Select gallons are a great product for oyster stuffing.

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No changes here, the trend continues with jumbo sized redfish (2.5-3lb) being extremely tight right now, Extra Jumbo (3lb and Up) are in decent supply. Striped Bass is a better option this time of year.
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Salmon
Chilean salmon prices begin stabilize as Norway is dumping fish into the US markets. We also have North Sea and Canadian product in whole and fillet form. Check with your sales rep for case discounts if you are a volume user.

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Scallops 
Scallop prices are up and availability is tight due to the East Coast weather. Expect shortages until the end of next week.

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Tuna 
Prices are on the rise for #1 and 2+ Tuna. Availability will be somewhat tight as we get through the week. We are seeing rising prices on all tuna from all areas

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Sword 
Sword is still in short supply and the price is climbing. Expect shortages in the coming weeks.

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Grouper 
We should see more grouper on the market as we enter into April. We have small amounts of product coming in from TX and other areas.

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Black Drum 
We received a decent amount of product on Monday out of Hackberry, LA. We have product in the 2-4 and 4-8 whole sizes.

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Fresh Crabmeat 

Domestic Crabmeat prices are up, and availability is very poor. This time of year is very difficult for all crab sources.

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Seabass 
We have a variety of seabass options.  We continue to carry H&G 20-30 kg as well as a smaller 10-20 kg if that is more of what you’re looking for. Prices are moving up and that trend will continue through Lent.

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Rainbow Green™ and Ruby Trout 
The trout supply seems to be stable. The variety of the cuts and sizes of this fish never cease to amaze me. There are many options to meet your menu specifications.

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