As we pass the longest day of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere for 2016, the oceans are bountiful with wild seafood.  Fourth of July is just around the corner and Lobster prices are starting to build for the big celebration!  Large selections of seasonally available seafood like Wild Salmon, California Seabass, Black Cod / Sablefish, and Halibut fill the summer menus while weekend specialty items like Live Sea Urchin, Salt Spring Mussels, Soft Shell Crab, and fresh Dungeness Crab meat keep guests wanting more.  This is a great time of year for seafood!

Wild Sockeye Salmon season is taking off!  We are now getting sockeye from a variety of fisheries in Alaska, creating increasing supply and driving prices down.  More salmon fisheries will continue to open as we move into July as prices are expected to continue to drop.  If you haven’t already, now is a great time to add wild sockeye to your menu.

Mid-July and into August expect to see fisheries opening for Coho and Keta salmon (chum).  These fish are gaining in popularity over recent years as these underutilized wild fish can have a better price point than any other salmon on the market.

Alaskan halibut fishing is currently seeing a slow-down in available catch, which may be due to some fisherman changing focus to wild salmon season.  Prices are currently increasing, but the total allowable catch set for the halibut season remains as an incentive to continue to seek and catch these premium white fish.

Colorado Rainbow Trout is available whole thru E&J Fish Farm in Berthoud Colorado.  These trout have fantastic color and are available in a 1-2# size.

Trout is a popular menu item in the summer months.  If you are looking for boneless fillet, boneless butterfly fillet, red trout, or golden trout we will be able to help.

Oysters and Clams are also popular during the summer as consumers love the taste of the ocean while enjoying warm summer rays.  Ballard Fish & Oyster has been a long-time supplier of Littleneck Clams, Chunu, Chincoteague, and Misty Point Oysters.  Make sure to have fresh shellfish on your menu this summer, and learn more about Ballard Fish & Oyster

Mexico and California waters are heating up and providing us with excellent seafood options including Cabrilla Grouper, Yellowtail Jack, California White Seabass, Corvina Seabass, Live Sea Urchins, and California Halibut.  Most of these fish prices are down and will continue to be of value during the warm summer months.

Hawaii’s deep clear oceans start offering more availability of Onaga Snapper, Ono, Opah, Tuna, Blue Marlin and Spearfish.

East coast striped bass fisheries have opened but catches are low and prices remain out of control.  Black seabass fishery is in a temporary closure for stock assessment.  Monkfish, Lemon Sole, Atlantic Cod, and Haddock remaining consistent while Fluke continues to be scarce.

A new type of shrimp farmer is hitting the market in hopes of producing a more sustainable shrimp.  These growers are utilizing mangrove trees as a natural habitat to protect and grow farmed shrimp.  The trees provide food and shelter for the shrimp as they do in the wild and are 100% natural. This new farming technique is new to the market, please let us know if you would like to learn more about these shrimp.

Summer is finally here! Seafood lovers rejoice!

Chad Pettrone
Sustainability Director

Northeast Seafood