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Wild FishSeason Information
CodWe will be fishing local black cod, rock cod and lingcod off the Monterey coast in the month of November. True cod will continue to be sourced from Alaska.
CorvinaSupplies of corvina will increase from Ecuador and Mexico. We should have inventory regularly throughout November. Quality has been great and pricing has been consistent.
HalibutFresh Alaskan halibut season is over. There is talk of the Canadians extending their season through December, but weather may hamper the availability. Pricing could be volatile as we close out the fresh season. We are stocking both 10-20 pound and 20-40 pound fish when available. We are now transitioning to our refreshed program with “frozen at sea” halibut.
Mahi MahiWe will continue to have a good fresh supply as we see a majority of the fish coming from Ecuador. We will also see mahi from Mexico. The quality has been excellent! The fish should increase in size during Ecuador’s season.
Ono and OpahEcuador, Hawaii and Southern California will continue to contribute to the supply in November. Availability is spotty, but we will continue to offer these fish when available. Opah/ono quality has been terrific with a nice meat color.
Salmon, CohoThe fresh season is completed. Please be aware of our refreshed program as the quality is excellent. Refreshed fish are whole fish that were frozen at sea, now thawed in refrigeration, and processed.
Salmon, KetaThe season will take us through the month of November. The quality has been good and pricing continues to be relatively stable. The overall catch has been very nice lately! This a great wild salmon option right now.
Salmon, KingThe wild king salmon season is finished and we are offering our off-season refreshed program with “frozen at sea” fish. Sizing will run in the 7-11 pound range, as most of the fish will be ocean run.
Salmon, SockeyeThe sockeye season is over. We are currently offering refreshed sockeye. Please check with your sales person for pricing and availability. The quality has been great!
SeabassPacific seabass has been “hit or miss”. We will see fish from Mexico and Ecuador as they follow their food south. Seabass is a great quality white fish to add to your menu. The larger size fish are 18-20 pounds.
SoleWe will be fishing local Sole (Dover, English, Rex, Petrale) in the month of November. We are excited to get started, and bring some local flavor to your table!
SwordfishLocal California swordfish will be available along with swordfish from Hawaii, Mexico and Ecuador. The quality has been great and eats better than a steak!
Tuna, Ahi#1 ahi longline-caught tuna will be available from Hawaii and the Philippines. #1 is limited due to inconsistent flights outside the United States. #2+ tuna will be in steady supply from Mexico and Australia. Our #2+ quality is excellent, so give it a try!
Tuna, AlbacoreWe will start to see albacore from the U.S. East Coast, Fiji, Australia and French Polynesia. Availability should improve with various areas open for fishing.
Farmed FishSeason Information
BranzinoThis is one of the fastest growing fresh seafood items in the foodservice industry! The quality has been great. We are stocking the fish with head-on and guts-in. This farm-raised fish from the Mediterranean is a good item to throw into the mix, as customers continue to look for alternatives to the mainstream seafood offerings.
CatfishThe USA (Mississippi and Alabama) supply has been hit by labor shortages due to the current pandemic. Supply and markets may be affected, so stay tuned.
Salmon, NorwegianAntibiotic Free (ABF) salmon from Norway has been fairly consistent with its supply and pricing. Expect it to remain the same through the month. Due to inconsistent flight schedules into the U.S., expect pricing on Norwegian salmon to be much higher than Canadian.
SalmonThe farmed salmon market will remain strong as wild season comes to a close. The Atlantic salmon market is on the rise as we approach the holiday season. We are stocking Atlantic salmon from all three areas, so check with your sales person on current pricing. We are also stocking a sustainably sourced, land-based Atlantic salmon (rated as a green Best Choice by Seafood Watch), so ask your sales representative for details.
Striped BassLand-based and farm-raised, this sustainable fish from Texas is a great, clean tasting alternative to many other white fish species. Give it a try and you will love it! It’s also rated as a green Best Choice by Seafood Watch.
SwaiPricing on swai is steady as inventories are filled and more product is becoming available from Vietnam.
TilapiaWe will have a good supply for the month of November. The tilapia is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and comes from Mexico, Honduras, Columbia, Brazil and Ecuador. It’s good quality and nice fillet sizes of 5-7 ounces.
TroutWe are stocking an excellent Norwegian steelhead trout which has a high fat content and a larger fillet size. It is very similar to salmon and can be a unique menu alternative. Prices remain steady.
ShellfishSeason Information
Clams and MusselsLittleneck clams are readily available in 8 count and 13 count per pound sizes. Manila clams are stocked in our Fife, Washington location. We also have larger cherry stone clams available. Ask your sales representative for the best variety to meet your demand. We are also stocking Mediterranean mussels in Fife, Washington and Prince Edward Island mussels in Morgan Hill, California.
Crab, Dungeness Canadian crab season will continue in November and will be in good supply. We will also see Dungeness from the tribal waters off the coast of Washington. Domestic crab season is delayed until at least December 15th due to low meat content at the first harvest testing.
Crab, King All sizes are very low due to high retail demand. We are stocking red king crab legs & claws from Russia in the 6-9, 9-12 and 16-20 sizes when available, but they are very scarce to nonexistent in the 6-9 and 9-12 sizes. The unit of measure is based on legs per 10 pounds. The quality is great, but pricing continues to climb due to labor challenges in harvesting and packing, as well as the high demand.
CrawfishSupplies will be in good shape for the month and pricing continues to be steady.
LobstersCold water lobster tail prices are up and will remain high for the next few months, especially with the holiday’s approaching. There are more warm water lobsters available, but pricing is high because of the short supply of large cold water lobster. Lobster meat prices will also increase as supply tries to keep up with demand. Live Maine lobster season is rolling, but high priced.
Oysters
Many producers in the Northwest have seen a reduction in labor due to the Covid-19 situation, so supplies out of the Northwest (Washington) will be "hit or miss". Remember, these little live bodies do not like large fluctuations in temperature. The fortunate thing is we are heading into the cooler months, which helps maintain quality. Keep them alive at a cool temperature of 34-38 degrees. Please see below for specific species that we are currently featuring.
(Capitals)- Clean and crisp with a pure sea salt flavor, these tide tumbled oysters are known for their deep cup shell and large meat fill.
(Kumamoto)- A deep cupped oyster with a mild brininess and sweet finish. They are the honeydew of the oyster family!
(Kusshi)- The “ultimate,” in Japanese translation and raised in the deep bay on the east side of Vancouver Island. Don’t let the small size fool you as they have a nice plump and tender meat fill.
(Little Skookum)- These are harvested in the shallow waters, in the deep south of the Puget Sound, far away from the salty ocean waters. Little Skookum oysters are sweet flavored with a mild salinity taste.
Shrimp Farmed white shrimp pricing will remain high in November due to lack of production caused by Covid. The shortage in labor has caused challenges in harvesting and packing in areas such as India. The domestic Gulf shrimp season is running, and availability should be steady throughout November. The smaller cooked shrimp are high in demand and low in availability which will reflect in the cost. Look out for increases in price throughout the month of November. Black tiger shrimp continues its upswing in pricing due to shortages in 21 count per pound or smaller. Larger sizes, 15 count per pound or higher, may stabilize before the smaller sizes. The wild Mexican shrimp season is open. New prices are finding a settling point for the season.
Shrimp meatThe fresh season is ending. We will switch gears to frozen meat once the fresh season is over. Quality and supply have been excellent, so eat it right out of the bucket, or create a nice shrimp meat salad on top of toasted bread!

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