Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
European flights are starting to get under way and room for cargo should open up this weekend. So by Tuesday next week we hope that affected fish like Dover sole, Scottish and Irish salmon will be arriving as normal. Until then we do have high quality frozen Dover in a range of sizes, and we have an Organic farmed king salmon from British Columbia available as well. Called Creative Kings these 8-12lb fancy Chinooks are a little more expensive than the Atlantic organics, but we have had some great feedback with at least one customer making a permanent switch. We will be taking orders for Dover sole Thursday for delivery Monday or Tuesday.
There is a new Northeast Groundfish Management Plan set to go into affect May 1st. The plan is being greeted with mixed emotions to say the least. For the first time ever, all catch will be governed by quotas on landings and discards. While this new regulation is sure to alleviate pressure on wild stocks, much of the criticism stems from the way quotas are to be doled out. Many private (read that small) boats are upset because they have been fishing responsibly with hook and line under a different set of guidelines and now the quotas seem to favor the big drag boats. This is a similar plan that was implemented in the Gulf of Mexico snapper fishery a few years ago and prices there leveled out after the first initial months. We will have to wait and see how this will affect the market for cod, pollack, hake, haddock and the like. As always we must weigh the cost versus the benefits to the future of fish for everybody.
Specials today include:
  • Freshwater Walleyed Pike and Whitefish
  • Local Silver Dory
  • Carolina Spanish Mackerel
  • Black Drum, local sheepshead
  • Mahi-mahi, big vibrant h&g bullets
  • Australis Barramundi
Soft shelled crabs are available now, and we are hand selecting product to send to you. Availability is good on Jumbos and Primes, but hotels are still tight. For a plethora of Blue Crab information go here
"There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry."
~Mark Twain
Have a great day,
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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