THE WEEK IN FISH by Tim Sughrue

This Week in Seafood: December 9, 2019

T1. VENZ CRABMEAT REMAINS AN EXTREME VALUE – Production out of Lake Maracaibo continues to flood the market and keep fresh jumbo lump prices depressed – Currently they are $6/lb UNDER pasteurized Indonesian jumbo lump prices.  Fresh Ven Superlump and fresh Ven lump are similarly discounted. Take advantage of the “below market” pricing and promote […]

This Week in Seafood: December 2, 2019

1. WHAT ARE YOUR FISH OPTIONS AS DECEMBER BUSINESS PICKS UP WITH HOLIDAY PARTIES? Here are a few items to look forward to:  Farm raised: – NORWEGIAN HALIBUT – farmed in Norway, harvested twice a week, and flown directly to Dulles airport in Virginia, you won’t believe how fresh these fish are. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND these fish […]

This Week in Seafood: November 18, 2019

US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DECLARES GULF OYSTER FISHERY A DISASTER – First in 2005 it was Hurricane Katrina. Then in 2010 there was the BP Horizon oil spill. This year the Mississippi River was in flood stage a record 123 days in a row.  In September, the US DOC determined that Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi […]

This Week in Seafood: November 11, 2019

NEW VIMS STUDY VERIFIES INVASIVE BLUE CATS TOLERATE SALTWATER UP TO 22 PPT! A new study by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) spells bad news for native Chesapeake Bay species. Blue cats have been found to tolerate salinity up to 22 parts per thousand and thus may be able to expand their range […]

This Week in Seafood: November 4, 2019

FRESH VENEZUELAN CRABMEAT COLLAPSE! What happens when you put 100,000 lbs of fresh crabmeat into Miami on a slow market with a World Series and Halloween in the same week? Prices drop like a stone. Fresh jumbo lump can be had for almost $1 per ounce. Take advantage of these prices, promote the sale of […]

Seafood This Week: Monday, October 28, 2019

ATLANTIC SALMON PRICES SPIKE THIS WEEK! Due to street riots in Santiago and a state of emergency being declared by the government in Chile, Atlantic salmon shipments are getting delayed and market supply is tightening quickly. There are also extreme labor shortages at the plants (workers on strike) combined with a holiday in Chile this week, the stage has been set for the […]

This Week in Seafood: October 21, 2019

CHESAPEAKE OYSTERMEN HAVE WEDNESDAYS OFF WORK NOW !! In a move to conserve the remaining stock of wild Virginica oysters in the Chesapeake, the Maryland DNR declared there will be no commercial oystering on Wednesdays from now until the end of the season in mid March. Oyster harvesting is already forbidden on Saturdays and Sundays. […]

Seafood this Week: Monday, October 14, 2019

1. DOMINANT YEAR CLASS OF SABLEFISH IN BERING SEA OFF ALASKA – Alaskan fishermen are seeing record numbers of young Black cod (also known as sablefish) in their forays into the ocean. The size of this year class of fish, spawned in 2014, is estimated TWICE the size of the previous record class spawned in 1977. Unfortunately, this is […]

Oyster Shucking Video with Amos LaClair

This Week in Seafood: October 7, 2019

1. LIVE LOBSTER – The lobster market is sky high. There are a few different factors causing these outrageous prices. A major weather system is headed North towards Maine keeping all the boats tied up for the next 3 days. We still have 10 days until certain regions of Canada open for fishing. On top of […]