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Get the inside scoop on the latest market trends and updates on the seafood industry. Our market news page is updated monthly so you can stay on top of seasonal seafood changes and be aware of price fluctuations.

May 2024 Seasonal Highlights and Updates:

  • Wild Salmon
    • Troll-caught kings (chinook salmon) are starting to trickle in from Alaska and Washington in limited supply.
    • Alaska’s Copper River season (kings and sockeye) starts in mid-May (season slated to open 5/16). They’re deemed the finest salmon in the world and available for a premium.
    • Additional Alaska runs like Prince William Sound salmon will open up at the end of May and throughout the summer. Prices always start very high but ease up as more wild salmon becomes available.
    • Unfortunately, California’s king salmon season will not open for a second year in a row due to low numbers. Read more about the causes in the LA Times. You can support our West Coast harbors and fishermen by opting for other local species like rockfish, black cod, sole, and halibut.
  • Oregon bay shrimp is now available. These little shrimp aka “shrimp meat” come cooked, peeled, deveined and ready to eat. Add them to pasta, risotto, or salad a classic Shrimp Louie.
  • Dungeness Crab – We are still receiving a limited amount of live Dungeness crab at our dock in Monterey Bay, CA. The regular season ended but a few of our fishermen are using new pop-up fishing gear and authorities are allowing them to crab longer (2023 video of new gear in action).
  • New Product Alert: Haddock Fillets – We just started offering fresh MSC-certified haddock fillets from Iceland (12-16oz PBO). 

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Wild FishSeason Information
CodWe’re sourcing rock cod (rockfish), black cod (sablefish) and lingcod from California, Washington, and Oregon (primarily Monterey Bay and Fort Bragg, California, and Neah Bay in Washington). The Alaska season of Pacific cod, aka true cod, kicked off the start of the new year. Cod is sweet and mild with large firm flakes. Steamed, roasted, braised, sautéed, or fried, it is always a customer favorite.
HalibutThe season is in full swing in Alaska and British Colombia. Halibut is a premium whitefish with a mild flavor.
Mahi MahiPrices have spiked slightly. We are receiving mahi from Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. We are also sourcing frozen mahi from Ecuador, Taiwan, Panama, Peru and Indonesia. Like halibut, mahi has a mild flavor but is more delicate than halibut with a distinct tropical sweetness.
SalmonWe’re getting a limited supply of net-caught kings (chinook) out of the Colombia River in Oregon and troll-caught kings from Alaska and Washington. Alaska’s Copper River season (kings and sockeye) starts in mid-May (season slated to open 5/16). They’re deemed the finest salmon in the world and available for a premium. Additional Alaska runs like Prince William Sound salmon will open up at the end of May and throughout the summer. Prices always start very high but ease up as more wild salmon becomes available. Unfortunately, California’s king salmon season will not open for a second year in a row due to low numbers. Salmon is one of our most popular items.
Sea bassOur Chilean sea bass is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and is coming from Australia, New Zealand, and Ukraine. It’s excellent quality white fish that tends to be very mild and not “fishy” in flavor.
SoleWe are getting Dover, Petrale, Rex and Arrowtooth sole from the West Coast. There is a lot of Petrale and is a good fish to feature. Rex sole is also on special at a great deal. Rex sole comes “Pan-Ready” with head off, guts out, and bones-in, but the meat falls right of the bone and it’s a very tasty local fish. Sole is delicious sautéed, roasted, broiled, or grilled. Sole is very versatile, a great value option, local, and pairs well with rubs, marinades and sauces.
SwordfishSwordfish supply is primarily coming from Hawaii. We are also getting fresh swordfish from the Mexico, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and South Korea. It’s an international fish! With its mild flavor and firm texture, swordfish is perfect for grilling, and eats like a meat lover’s dream!
Tuna, AhiAhi longline-caught tuna is being sourced primarily from the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Costa Rica, and Australia. Our saku blocks, poke, loins, ground tuna, and tuna steaks are from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, and Vietnam. We are excited our frozen tuna loins are now being sourced from fisheries using handlines (green-rated for sustainability!). We also have Pescavore tuna jerky sustainably caught off the USA West Coast.
Tuna, AlbacoreAlbacore is being sourced from USA, Fiji, and French Polynesia. Also known as white tuna, it is more delicate than ahi.
Farmed FishSeason Information
BranzinoThis fish is farm-raised in the Mediterranean (usually Turkey), and we are stocking it head-on and guts-in. This is the most popular way to prepare it. Dorade is another similar fish that’s available from the same region. Grill it whole for a unique seafood experience. Its sweet flaky meat is popular in Italian cuisine and the quality has been great.
Catfish The USA (Mississippi and Alabama) supply has been steady. Catfish can be baked, grilled or even fried with many seasoning combinations. Try our catfish nuggets! Our USA catfish is rated as a green Best Choice for sustainability by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.
SalmonWe primarily source from Canada, Chile, and Norway. Prices have been high but will ease up as more wild salmon enters the market. An eco-friendly option is our Bluehouse Salmon by Atlantic Sapphire, which is farmed in indoor, land-based tanks in Florida (green-rated for sustainability by Seafood Watch and a reduced carbon footprint as a domestic product).
Striped BassWe recently started offering Pacifico striped bass aka baja striped bass or Mexican striped bass which is raised in ocean net pens off the coast of Ensenada. We also have land-based striped bass from Texas. Both are clean tasting alternatives to many other white fish species. Give it a try and you will love it! The fish is delicious, healthy and extremely versatile. It’s also rated as a green Best Choice by Seafood Watch.
Swai Pricing on swai is steady. This fish is a type of white fish with a mild flavor and flaky texture. It’s a freshwater fish that’s native to the Vietnamese rivers and a type of catfish.
TilapiaOur fresh tilapia is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and great quality with nice fillet sizes of 5-7 ounces. Tilapia is typically a great value with a mild flavor and is primarily from Honduras and Costa Rica.
TroutMost of the steelhead we are receiving is from Norway, Peru, and Chile. Most of our steelhead is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), so please ask for this if it’s a requirement. Domestic rainbow trout remains steady, too, from Idaho. We’ll be offering whole trout through Lent as a special.
ShellfishSeason Information
Clams and MusselsLittleneck clams come in 8 count and 13 count per pound sizes. Manila clams are fresh from Washington state. Cherrystone clams are also available. We are stocking Mediterranean mussels in Fife, Washington, and Prince Edward Island mussels in Morgan Hill, California. Frozen green-lipped mussels from New Zealand are limited.
Crab, Dungeness We are still receiving a limited amount of live Dungeness crab at our dock in Monterey Bay, CA. The regular season ended but a few of our fishermen are using new pop-up fishing gear and authorities are allowing them to crab longer but we are only selling that crab alive. We have a good inventory of frozen whole cooked crab and frozen crab sections.
Crab, King We are stocking red king crab legs & claws in the 6-9, 9-12 12-14, and 16-20 sizes when available. The unit of measure is based on legs per 10 pounds.
Crab, Blue PasteurizedPrices are high. Fully cooked and ready to eat, many people choose to feature the meat as part of a prepared dish or ingredient.
CrawfishSupply is in good shape. Also known as crayfish, craydads and crawdaddies, they are a freshwater crustacean resembling mini lobster.
LobstersColdwater lobster prices are at all time high impacting both live lobsters, tails, and the cost of warmwater lobsters. Cold water lobsters will become more available in May.
OystersWe offer an array of fresh live oysters including Kumamotos, Sweet Petites, Cupid’s Choice, Black Point, Blue Point, Kusshi, Kumiai, Sunseeker, Hot Mamacitas, Little Skookum, Pacific (aka BBQ), Capitals, Royal Miyagis, and Carbajals. Our jarred oysters are also very popular and can be limited in supply at times so be sure to order early. Farmed oysters are sustainable seafood superstars and always rated as a green Best Choice by Seafood Watch.
ScallopsOverall, the scallop market remains high and we are seeing prices increase. Fresh scallops are prized by restaurants and seafood markets. A possible option might be to look at our 10/20 scallops, as they are not seeing such drastic increases. Another option that we have added to our portfolio is Mexican scallops and bacon-wrapped scallops.
Shrimp Oregon bay shrimp is now available. These little shrimp aka “shrimp meat” come cooked, peeled, deveined and ready to eat. Add them to pasta, risotto, or salad a classic Shrimp Louie. Farmed shrimp prices from Southeast Asia are increasing due to low harvest cycles, plant closures, freight rates being up from the war in the Red Sea, and disruptions from the low water levels in the Panama Canal. Mexican shrimp season is ongoing and domestic Gulf shrimp continue to be available year-round.

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