Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
You may have noticed some instability in shrimp prices lately. There are any number of reasons that shrimp prices are beginning to climb after a very long period of stability. Last year unexpectedly high domestic wild shrimp production kept prices low for white shrimp even as we saw black tiger prices increasing. White shrimp from the Americas were being made available at prices to compete with the lower priced US shrimp. Now those large reserves of domestic product are quickly dwindling down and forcing prices up on white shrimp. In the meantime we have a new ban on wild Mexican shrimp set to start on April 20th. On the Asian front you have many farms actually switching from black tigers to the more profitable vanamei white. Vanaemei whites grow quicker and farms are able to get two harvests vs. one with tigers. Unfortunately these shrimp do not grow to the larger sizes, and most are harvested at a 26/30 market size. Bigger size tigers are in very short supply in the market and prices are on the rise. We hope new domestic shrimp will start to arrive on the market in a month or two and help keep prices in check for the summer.
Todays best fish are Florida pompano (mostly 2lbs), Irish organic trout, Portuguese sardines, Golden corvina, and we have a big "marker" sword that was landed on the return trip from a Jersey boat.
Also available: porgies, whiting, uni trays, 20+ varieties of oysters (east and west), Mahi-mahi, farm king salmon, and GIANT CULL LOBSTERS.
"I'm sick and tired of people saying that we put out 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we've put out 12 albums that sound exactly the same."
~Angus Young, guitarist for AC/DC
Be consistent,
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616 cell 718-679-0641
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

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