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MARKET REPORT: February 1,2020

31 January 2020 |

Chefs Trading's Market Report for February, 2020. Read on for information on what is expected in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, FIPs, Our Traceability tags, Social Responsibility as well as France and our other initiatives.

Costa Rica/Panama

The Yellowfin Tuna and Swordfish Fishery Improvement Project in Costa Rica is alligned with the United Nations Developement Project and the National Platform in Costa Rica and is now known publicly as the Costa Rica Large Pelagic Longline/Green stick FIP. We will continue to support efforts to foster positive change and move towards sustainability and eventual MSC certification in the Tuna/ Swordfish/Mahi-Mahi fishery. Contact us today to see how you can help support this FIP. 

The Fishery Improvement Project is now public as a Comprehensive FIP, here is the link to the Costa Rica Large Pelagic longline FIP supply chain will happily continue to support this project with our traceability software and also help the fishery move towards sustainability via our industry funding model. 

Yellowfin Tuna has been and is back in full force this month and for most of the rest of the year. With our system of Direct shipping from the boats on the docks in country this is the freshest diamond YF Tuna you will find on the market and with our trademarked traceability software and a portion of all sales going back to support sustainability via the FIP this product is also traceable and supporting sustainability. You just can't find better quality and marketability. 

Mahi-mahi production has been hit and miss but we are still seeing quality landing of some of the worlds best quality especially thru Chefs Trading as we ship from the docks in country direct to your local international airport and/or to your door.
Swordfish will continue to come and go with the moon cycle as the Mahi goes out then they switch the dance. 
Silk and Lanes Snappers and Groupers should be steady supply this month but as Mexico will have no Grouper for 2 months everyone will be scratching for it so good luck, buy Tunas and Rose Snappers for a chance at Groupers, just saying. 
Maricultured Spotted Rose Snappers are still continuing to grow in popularity. Whole, Fillet and Butterfiled Fillets are available with a very long shelf life and perfect texture and flavor.

All products as usual are Traceable with our CT Tag which shows our supply chain distributors and the end consumer among other things where and how the product was caught as well as who caught it to ensure traceability that the product is caught legally and is associated with either sustainable methods or is helping the fishery move toward more sustainable practices via a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP)



We are proud to be a partner with CeDePesca and many other stakeholders and participants in the Mexican Grouper/Snapper Fishery Improvement Project(FIP). A portion of our sales from this fishery will go back to the fishery via the FIP to help support sustainability. Here's a link Feel free to contact us for more information and to learn how you can help with the complex social, enviromental and economic issues facing this fishery in the effort to become sustainable. 

Februaury brings the 4th year of the 2 month moratorium for Grouper in the Atlantic of Mexico, So NO Fresh Grouper from February 1st thru March 31st, or at least no legally caught fresh Grouper from the Atlantic. We support this moratorium along with other measures that the Grouper FIP participants support in an effort to help the Grouper stock come back to more sustainabile levels and eventually be sustainable. We will have Pacific Groupers coming in out of Mexico. 

So, No Groupers this month or next from the Gulf or Altantic of Mexico. Unless it's frozen and probably pre-ordered. Pacific Groupers will be the only legally harvest fresh Groupers we will have to offer out of Mexico.

Snappers will be hit and miss but we expect to see decent landings.

Snook, Amberjack and Speckled Trout bycatch appear from time to time.



We now have available for our wholesale distributors many differnt fresh species direct from France such as Fresh True Dover Sole, Monkfish, Conger Eel, Brill, Bronzino, Cuttlefish, John Dory, Dorade, Red Mullet and Turbot to name a few. Our French suppliers have some of the best quality you will ever see from Longliners to Artisan Day boats among other methods of harvest you can be sure that the quality of these fresh fish will not be beat. Best prices and availability have started now as the season is underway. Contact us today for more information and/or to start recieving daily pricing and availability. 


Chefs Trading

Our team travels extensively throughout the year advocating for Sustainability and Traceablity in Seafood. We support a number of Fishery Improvement Projects(FIP's) and Socially Responsible work with our supply chain and many different NGO's. We also helped organize what is an industry lead FIP that is now aligned with the United Nations Developement Project and the National Platform in Costa Rica. We look to support social responsibility in our fisheries and support the hard working fishermen and women who are at the heart of our supply chain. 

We urge everyone from Fishermen to Distributors, Chefs to Moms/Dads and all you Consumers to support FIP's, Traceable legally non slavery caught seafood, social responsibility and a Sustainable World. If you would like to contribute to these initiatives please contact us at 1-844-257-0959 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how you can help. 

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