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MARKET REPORT: January 1,2019

31 December 2018 |

Chefs Trading's Market Report for January, 2019. Read on for information on what is expected in Costa Rica, Mexico, FIPs, Social Responsibility as well as Ecuador and our other initiatives.

Costa Rica

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 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. Check out this video by and about the National Platform in Costa Rica that shows how everyone is coming together to create positive change in this fishery,                                           

The Fishery Improvement Project is now public as a perspective FIP and should now be moving to a Comprehensive FIP by the end of this month, here is the link to the Costa Rica Large Pelagic longline FIP

The New Year brings a rise in pricing as supply drops off because ALL the fishermen come in for the new year celebrations with family and friends, So almost Nobody is fishing. I'm sure you can see how no supply and steady to rising demand will increase prices on what if any fish is coming in for the first week of the year.

Look for Tuna and Swordfish to be back in good supply with dropping prices mid to late January.

Mahi-mahi production should be steady this month. We expect to still see good landings for some of the worlds best quality especially through us as we ship from the docks in country direct to your local international airport or to your door.
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. 

January is typically Snapper month, so American Reds, B-liners and Mangrove Snappers should be in high quality and lower pricing.

Robalo/Snook should be coming in for the first part of the year.

Hold tight for Groupers, production looks to be steady but lower than normal.



As a chef some of the best shrimp I have ever eatin was in Ecuador at a little beachfront shack.

Panama was a very very close second. Amazing quality and freshness out of both places!! We support only the best!!

Wild Caught White and Brown Shrimp from both Ecuador and Panama are now available. Also, Wild Pink shrimp from Panama.

Contact us today for the best of the best in shrimp direct shipped from Ecuador and Panama.


Chefs Trading

2018 was certainly a great year for us in many different ways! The good with the bad of course but all in all a great year. We trust you had more good than bad too and even if not we wish All a brighter, better and happier 2019! Cheers to All of us!

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 was 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. 

In 2019, We look to support LPN - Labour Rights Promotion Network, an organization that works with governments in SE Asia to bring about positive change in the industry and even risks their lives to find and free slaves from fishing boats and then houses, feeds, counsels and educates not only people who have been kidnapped and enslaved on boats but also children, women and families. They do so much good and all donations go directly to help the people in most need. We urge you to support as well by sharing the story of GHOST FLEET a film making the rounds at movie premieres now and should be availabe on netflix soon. We look to support and we urge you to help support also by donating at or text 20222 to donate. Many Thanks from the nicest and kindest people that are in the most need. Thanks for choosing to help!

Happy 2019 to All

Help eachother out there

Thanks for reading. Eat, Travel and Live well my friends!