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Weekly Market Report | April 19th, 2017

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This Saturday, April 22nd, is Earth Day so celebrate with responsibly sourced seafood! Don’t forget to stock up on decapods for next weekend’s big holiday – National Shrimp Scampi Day! Scampi translates to shrimp in English so double up your orders for an appropriate feast.

Here is what else you need to know:

LOCAL/MORRO BAY/BAJA/MEXICO

  • All species of Bass are limited going into the weekend but we should get a nice shot of Mexican White bass for Saturday’s sales. Mexican Grouper fishermen are out on the water but not seeing many fish.
  • Shortfin Corvina season is winding down but we have gotten another shipment that should carry us through the weekend. If you’ve ever wanted to play with some different menu applications for Bass, this budget-friendly option is the fish to try them out on.
  • Buy local to really get in the spirit of the holiday: California Spot Prawns, California Halibut, and Morro Bay Sablefish should all be available for Saturday’s sales.
  • Also from California waters we’ve got local Opah in house to fill in for some of the still tougher-to-come-by South Pacific (“Hawaiian”) species.

PACIFIC/NORTHWEST/GULF

  • After a couple of rough weeks, Pacific Halibut supplies are back to normal levels for the rest of the week. Weather has improved and prices have come down a little so this is a great weekend to feature this highly sustainable fish.
  • Petrale Sole catches have been very poor in Oregon as the fish have moved to off-limit fishing grounds (smart) but we are bringing in Eastern Sole to alleviate inventory issues. You might also consider frozen options depending on your menu needs.
  • Dover Sole supplies are looking strong for this weekend.
  • Sitka Troll King supply is steady with more arriving for the weekend. With bad news on the forecast for Alaskan King fisheries in general this year, we may not end up seeing a lot of price relief in the near future. King and Sockeye catches are expected to be down significantly from last year. Silver lining (pun intended), Coho Salmon stocks should be well up from recent years!

SOUTH PACIFIC/CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA/ASIA

  • Mahi, Swordfish, and Albacore are all getting back to normal as more areas open up and weather improves.
  • Wahoo (Ono) is expected in but will remain limited.
  • Yellowtail is extremely limited and may not be available at all for Friday and Saturday’s sales.
  • Escolar just arrived and should be in good shape for the week.
  • Fresh Chilean Seabass (and Seabass Cheeks) are available for the weekend, if somewhat limited. This is a great conversation starter on the nature of sustainable seafood and customer perceptions.

EAST COAST/EUROPE

  • If you need an alternative to scarce West Coast/Pacific Bass you may want to consider Wild Maryland Striped Bass (“Rockfish” to East Coast natives.) The size of the fish and the flavor profile should work well for most menu applications and, as an added bonus, MSC and MBA both rank Wild Striped Bass as an Earth-friendly fishery.
  • Icelandic Cod deliveries are in question due to a holiday parade (!) that has limited communications with our suppliers. We’ve got orders in and the fish should be available for the weekend but if need be we do have a decent amount of Ling Cod due in for Friday and Saturday’s sales.
  • Eastern Black Bass is here now and offers delicate, white flesh with a mild flavor. These fish also offer a great conservation story, having rebounded from over-fished in the early part of the century to now being considered a well-managed and sustainable option. Serve Black Bass whole but make sure to trim the fins! They can be very sharp.

SHELLFISH

  • Clams and Mussels are expected to be in great shape overall through the weekend but Venus Clams will be slightly limited.
  • Malpeque Oysters expected to be back second week of May, just in time for Mother’s Day!
  • One more great California seafood option for Earth Day: Grassy Bar Oysters are expected for the weekend. Check with your Santa Monica Seafood rep for availability as supplies will be limited.

 

Contact your Santa Monica Seafood Representative and place your orders today!

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