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bye bye black cod?

edgrimley Nov 7, 2011 10:53 AM

Was at the Temescal farmer's market this Sunday in search of black cod or sablefish. Their $13.95/lb fish has been a staple of ours for years now.

The guy at the fish stand said we probably won't be seeing it again soon, and if we do it will be much more expensive. He says most of the sable is getting bought up by China right now.

The combination of taste, value, healthy quality of the fish and sustainability made it almost too good to be true.

I wonder if we will see this dynamic with other quality fish, like Alaska and Pacific salmon.

Anyone know more about this?

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: edgrimley Nov 8, 2011 12:24 PM

    I love black cod (aka gindara) too and wasn't aware of this. Google turned up this Business Week article, dated a month after the Japan disaster, that mentions the price of black cod rising $1 a pound at the time in response to Japanese demand.
    http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/...

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      runner0382 RE: Melanie Wong Nov 8, 2011 12:57 PM

      $19.99/lb at Berkeley Bowl. Bought last week.

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        Melanie Wong RE: runner0382 Nov 8, 2011 01:19 PM

        Have you noticed a price increase?

        I dug up this old thread from 2009 that lists sources and prices ranging from $15 for filets to $3/lb for a whole fish.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/606696

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          ernie in berkeley RE: Melanie Wong Nov 8, 2011 01:36 PM

          I think Hudson Fish has been asking $14, but they don't have it as often these days. They used to have it all the time.

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            Maple RE: Melanie Wong Nov 8, 2011 10:45 PM

            Berkeley Bowl used to carry them at $13.99 (early 2011) but has been $19.99 most of this year.

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            hyperbowler RE: runner0382 Nov 8, 2011 07:18 PM

            If memory serves me correctly, I bought Black Cod in February at BB for either $18.99 or $19.99

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              IanW RE: hyperbowler Jul 24, 2012 09:26 PM

              There has been a huge price increase in Black Cod/Sablefish. In Seattle the price has been around $25.00 dollars a pound. When I was living in the Bay back in 2010, I could find Black Cod for around $10-12/lb.

        2. Melanie Wong RE: edgrimley Jul 24, 2012 04:57 PM

          Yesterday Sun's Market, 123 El Camino Real, Millbrae, 650-652-4881, had live black cod in the tank. They're $10.99 per pound, whole fish, obviously.

          Not listed on this sign board, but thought I'd include it to show the range of seafood stock.

           
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