Market Report

01-10-2012


Hello to all of you fish lovers out there!  Congratulations to all of our chefs who were awarded hats at the 2013 Age Good Food guide awards. We are certainly proud to now supply over 75% of all awarded restaurants. Well done to all.

So, spring has now sprung and with the change of season comes unpredictable weather and strong winds which is certainly playing havoc with the supply of local fish.
Thanks to our direct supply from many fishermen around Australia this will enable us to keep a constant supply coming through your kitchen.

ROCK FLATHEAD
From Port Franklin to Welshpool, we have been getting a good supply of Rock Flathead which should continue

CALAMARI
South Australian and Local Calamari have also been abundance thus reflected in the price. This sustainable option is certainly a must for every menu during spring.

PRAWNS
Not good news from the prawn trawlers. Tigers Prawn initial catches in the gulf have been poor. Unless catches start too miraculously fire on Tigers there will be a massive shortage this season. Eastern Kings are also in short supply - Producers have next to no raw material to process into Cutlets/Meat.  Banana prawn prices are slowly moving up as a result of last season’s product running out before the peak season. Beach Price this year for Banana’s was 1.00-1.50/kg higher than last year for Whole Green.

SNAPPER
With the season just around the corner, there will be some great fish coming through, weather permitting. Seeing some volume coming in already!

GARFISH
Garfish have been a little scarce. Strong winds have stopped fisherman around Flinders Island catching this delightful fish.

CORAL TROUT / RED EMPORER / GOLD BAND SNAPPER /MAHI MAHI
With the weather on the improve we should start seeing some tropical fish coming through for your specials board. Won’t be cheap though. Give us a shout and we will keep an eye out for you.

BLUE EYE / HAPUKA / LING / JOHN DORY / SNAPPER
Our fishermen in New Zealand have held back some quota to make sure we are still getting Blue Eye and Hapuku, Ling catches have been great also and should continue for the next couple of months. There is always a little pause of fishing at the start of the new quota year (1st October) as NZ fisherman sort out the coming year quota allocations.

FLOUNDER
New Zealand Flounder and Sole have been amazing all through winter and will continue through spring. 500-600gram whole size is a perfect plate size menu item fish

DIAMOND CLAMS
A great consistent sweet and juicy product. Perfect alternative to Vongoli and pippies

SPANNER CRAB MEAT
Fresh cooked black label delicious Spanner meat from Noosa, available in 500g packs. A real popular product!

KING GEORGE WHITING
King George of the sea has been consistent in supply through winter and will continue through spring.

OYSTERS
It has been a good season for all Pacific Oyster varieties due to ideal growing conditions.  As the temperature rises we will start to see some varieties beginning to spawn. Rock Oysters will be the last to spawn due to being a warmer water species.

MUSSELS
Spring bay Tasmania, Kinkawooka and local Port Phillip mussels have been in consistent supply and average size but will be in great condition at the start of December when the water temperature starts to warm up. As long as the rain stays away!

YABBIES
As the sun starts to shine the Yabbies will start to come out of their mud homes and start to appear in the market place.

LIVE MARRONS
250 to 300 gram sizes from West Australia are every Tuesday and Thursday.

CRABS
Sand crabs from port Lincoln and blue swimmers from the Spencer Gulf in good supply.

LOBSTER
Southern rock lobster due to start in November in Victoria.

SCALLOPS
Harvey Bay scallops medium, Large and XL size are in stock and available.  Queen scallops have started to come in but short in supply and high in price.

MULLOWAY
The farming of Mulloway has now unfortunately ceased due to non viable farming practices and is now not available. It’s sad to say goodbye to such a lovely fish…

KING FISH
The Hiromasa Yellowtail Kingfish is always in high demand by every discerning chef. Unfortunately it has been in limited supply and the prices have risen due to feed costs and high demand. Never fear…Clamms will get it for you! 

SALMON
Pricing has risen due to feed cost increases worldwide and poor growth rate but the price is still manageable.

OCEAN TROUT
Ocean trout has been hit the hardest by extremely poor growth rates this season.  Farms have increased the price 4 times in the last 4 months! We have also been rationed with supply and demand is still strong. With these three factors it is becoming a fish that pricing itself out of the market. King Salmon would be a good as a substitute, for that soft flesh characteristic, at the right price too!

WILD BARRAMUNDI
Season is over at the end of September so time to change the menu if you are using it. There is plenty of great quality farmed Cone Bay available.

FARMED BARRAMUNDI CONE BAY W.A
Such a great clean robust fish sustainably farmed in Western Australia. Due to large 7-12m tides they are large with white flesh and a great fresh clean taste. Try it today!

ALBACORE TUNA
Mooloolaba Tuna Company has developed a sashimi grade Albacore tuna, marketed under the name of “Bincho” grade. Bincho is the chosen Japanese term for super premium white tuna. The sashimi grade Bincho tuna is firm, with a rich creamy texture when eaten raw and mild, sweet flavour when carefully cooked. Available fresh in 1.5 – 2.5kg skin on boneless loins, the yield is exceptional.

MEAT PRODUCTS
Cape grim Tasmanian grass fed marble score 2-3 Ox beef has been an absolute hit around today. We stock Striploins, Cuberolls and Tenderloins at all times. Give it a try! For an up-market option, try the Tasmanian Robbins Island Full Blood Grass Fed Wagyu! Pork USA Ribs, Fresh free Range Ducks, Wagyu Marble Score 4-9 and Eggs have been popular also. Ask your friendly Clamms Representative for a price list today.

Spring is in the air and the silly season is just around the corner! Never fear...Clamms will always be here to support all of your seafood and meat needs when it gets crazy!!

Don’t hesitate to give us a call
Cheers from all at Clamms Seafood

 

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