THE WEEK IN FISH by Tim Sughrue

This Week in Seafood: August 12, 2019

1. WILD SOCKEYE SALMON IN IDAHO? Yes, that is correct. Last week on August 1, the first of thousands of wild sockeye salmon navigated the Columbia river, then the Snake River, crossing 8 dams (via fish ladders) along the way, and returned to Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth Valley of Idaho to spawn. They travel over 900 miles and […]

This week in Seafood: August 5, 2019

1. TRUMP ADMIN REVERSES COURSE ON PEBBLE MINE ABOVE BRISTOL BAY – According to Seafood News, “Pebble Mine’s damage to the Bristol Bay watershed, which supports a 40-60 million salmon run annually, would be irreparable if the mine were approved.  A three-year EPA study released in 2014 found that the mine as proposed would destroy […]

This Week in Seafood: July 29, 2019

1. 42 MILLION SOCKEYES CAUGHT SO FAR THIS SEASON IN BRISTOL BAY!! Second highest catch on record. Fillets are a value and still in the single digits. Starting to see a few wild Coho; Cohos will be the predominant fish late summer and fall – we also have troll caught wild king salmon from Wrangell […]

This Week in Seafood: July 22, 2019

1. FINAL FEW WEEKS OF VENEZUELAN FRESH CRABMEAT PRODUCTION – The amount of fresh crabmeat entering the US has slowed to a trickle. The price of Venezuelan is actually above the current domestic market. Carolina is picking plenty of fresh beautiful looking meat right now. The transition to all domestic meat will be seamless. 2. […]


IMMEDIATE RELEASE Construction of brand new 70,000-square-foot frozen seafood logistics center at the Maryland Market Center Jessup, Maryland – NAFCO announced today that it is breaking ground on a new cold storage freezer facility adjacent to its current seafood processing and distribution facility at the Maryland Market Center. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Maryland […]

Summer 2019 Newsletter

This Week in Seafood: July 15, 2019

1. FRESH WATER KILLING OYSTER LARVAE IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY – The Horne Point Research Lab contracts with the Federal Government for 500 million oysters planted on Bay reefs each summer. They are usually done by August 1. This year ZERO so far. The problem is lack of salinity. Freshwater is killing the larvae and […]

This week in Seafood: Monday, July 8, 2019

1. WILD IVORY KING SALMON HERE FOR WEDNESDAY ! – Fresh out of Wrangell Alaska, “Ivory Kings”, or “white kings” make up about 20% of the Stikine River run each year. They are more flavorful than their red cousins because of the meat’s higher fat content. Whole fish are $8.95 – fillets are only $13.95 […]

This Week in Fish: July 1, 2019

1. FRESH VENENZUELAN CRABMEAT GETTING SCARCER – Aside from the huge hurdles (lack of gas for crab boats, fly meat to Panama first then Miami) the Venz shippers are dealing with each week just to get fresh crabmeat to the US, the live crab catch in the Lake is falling. Prices are inching up each week. […]

This Week in Seafood: June 24, 2018

1. SHARKS ATTACKING SHRIMP BOATS IN NORTH CAROLINA !!! There are so many sharks in the coastal waters off of North Carolina, they are regularly attacking the shrimp trawlers’ nets, causing the fishermen to quit shrimping. So imagine you are trawling for shrimp in the ocean and you can tell your net has a few hundred pounds […]