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bye bye black cod?

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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. 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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    1. re: Melanie Wong

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

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      Berkeley Bowl
      2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

      1. re: runner0382

        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

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          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.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

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

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            Berkeley Bowl
            2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

          2. re: runner0382

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

            1. re: hyperbowler

              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. 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.