When can we expect to see Wild Salmon hitting the Samuels docks? What projections are you hearing for this Wild Salmon season?
I am seeing a few Oregon troll caught fish now but the price is very high to start. On May 1st, the California trolls open. California trolls tend to be very good quality as they are much shorter trips and shipped back across to Philadelphia within 24 hours. Then, Wild Alaska Copper River Sockeye season opens on May 15th. With that being said, we may see out first batch of West Coast King Salmon arriving at some point in early May. Catch and weather depending of course! The Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest will open June 15th which should produce nice amounts of fish and typically on the larger size. As for catch in Alaska, it seems the projected numbers will be a bit decreased than normal. This will put stronger demand on other areas fishing for Kings.
(Note: Trolling lines lure fish with moving fishing lines with baited hooks. This fishing method has low catch of unwanted marine life.)
You purchase a lot of southern fish like Snapper, Grouper and Mahi. How has the cost of transportation along with supply and demand affected wild fish during these crazy times? Do you think they will be viable options for Summer menus?
Right now, wild fish buying here at Samuels is truthfully some of the hardest buying I have ever done. Flights are very sporadic coming into the country from all areas of the world. Items that are flown into the country daily include Snapper, Grouper, Sword, Tuna, and Mahi just to name a few. I do believe we can put items like this on menus but the prices we have been used to for years are not in the foreseeable future. Restaurant demand has increased drastically, so the packing plants and fisherman are doing everything in their power to meet our growing demand.
Cost of proteins across the board are high, what are some seafood options that you recommend that provide both quality and a reasonable cost?
Think aquaculture! Now is the time. Looking for consistency? We can do that!
1) Hawaiian Kanpachi
2) Nordic Halibut
3) Big Glory Bay King Salmon
4) Farm Raised Hybrid Bass
5) Rainbow Trout
6) Red Drum
7) Stone Bass
We can lighten it up a bit, what is your favorite fish to purchase and why? How about to eat?
I really like buying Snapper. Buying this fish is tricky with all the different species available from all parts of the world. It is a market that you need to be in contact with direct suppliers daily to get a good understanding as to what boats are doing while on the water. Keeping up on this market also allows me to hear about Grouper and Mahi catch as well. I am learning more and more every day by talking to our suppliers. My favorite seafood to eat? I love making Cioppino in my Dutch oven! It comes out delicious and is very easy to cook!