Hello to all,
As we begin autumn fish supplies have been reasonably steady, and supply has not caused too many issues.
The new season begun in February and we have seen good levels of fish coming down from Darwin and Queensland, fish size has been medium to large. This will go through to November when the season closes again.
Large snapper is becoming scarce now with very little fish coming over from South Australia, and the bay catches have been patchy. Small fish from New Zealand are coming in steadily and we see no issues with supply of the 500gm to 800gm fish.
Port Phillip Bay and Spring bay mussels seem to be the best of the bunch at the moment, kinkawooka mussels will improve over the next few weeks.
We are getting great feedback on the new Fremantle octopus hands packed in a vac pac frozen 1kg bag. Great product very tender and sweet.
Crystal bay prawns
Supply has been limited due to the farm receiving a lot of damage in the cyclone that passed through North Queensland. They estimate that their stocks should build up in the next four to five weeks.
Vongali and Pippies
Steady supply has been available lately and we also have the New Zealand diamond shell clams and storm clams, the NZ clams have been blanched briefly to meet Australian quarantine measures and they only require the minimum of cooking time when used.
No problem with supply of Hiramasa Kingfish.
Cleanseas the producer of mulloway have decided to pull the pin on mulloway growing as it turned out to be commercially unviable.
Salmon and Ocean trout
Back to the time of the year when some of the Salmon farmers start to raise their prices to slow demand for their off season fish. We are hoping this year won’t be as bad as last year as they have had ideal growing conditions in Tasmania.
New Zealand King Salmon
No problem with supply and no indications that there will be any price alterations.
A great eating salmon which we recommend you try for yourself.
Tuna, Swordfish and Marlin
Our tuna fisherman has all his boats operational at the moment so we should see good steady supply of tuna and swordfish. Marlin catches will start to fall away as we move into the off season.
Hervey Bay scallops have been disappointing in their size this year but supply is still good of medium to large half shells. Spring bay half shells are also available. Poor growth in the Japanese Scallop industry has meant price rises in all large roe off scallops.
Local calamari catches have been very low so we are depending on Sth Australian catches to pull us through autumn until we get a short winter run.
Southern rock lobster, Marrons and Yabbies
Prices are finally starting to become a little more realistic out of Tasmania for Lobster.
Marrons have been a good steady source of crustaceans for menus with very little fluctuation in their price. Yabbies have been flushed out of the earth and back into dams with all the rainfall that we have had, there should be no supply issues for the next few months.
Blue eye & Hapuku
These two fish have been great for consistent supply and we see no issues moving forward. Hapuku used to be the understudy to blue eye but has now developed its own following as a great meaty eating fish.
Flathead and mowong (sea bream)
Supplies of these two have been very inconsistent and should improve coming into autumn.
Blue swimmer crab supply from South Australia has been good, not many sand crabs around so far. Mud crabs from Queensland are available and spanner crabs also but subject to weather conditions.
Great triploid oysters from St Helens Moulting Bay and also from Coffin Bay.
Diploid oysters are slowly getting their condition back and expect to see good supplies from all areas around the end of March. Angassi oysters are also now available but please pre order as we do not hold a lot of stock on hand.
Sustainable fish is a very hot topic at the moment and everyone has a different opinion on what should be classified as sustainable. All fish sourced by Clamms is caught by fishers regulated by the appropriate government bodies. Most fish species are now controlled by the quota system and data is retrieved along the catching cycle and volumes are raised or lowered depending on the research results. Farmed fish is an important part of our product supply because if there was no farmed fish then greater demand would be placed on the wild caught sector and would also open the door for a lot of illegal fishing and black market trade on fish.
If you have any enquires please call
Josh Roydhouse on 0425176696
Regards from all at Clamms.