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I just got back from a trip to Maine and the guys with lots of quota for catch shares have to be doing quite well. I stopped at Harbor Fish in Portland because it is a neat fish market with lots of different species. Swordfish was priced at 14.99 LB, halibut 16.99 LB which I thought was right up there. I was floored at the price of haddock and cod which was fresh and not previously frozen. I never thought I would see the day when these fillets were both priced at 17.99 LB. I can buy fillet mignon for a third of the cost.

With these super high prices the average Joe will never buy fish for his family. The costs in restaurants will soon become at Market prices like lobsters and steamers. It is a shame that this is what NOAA's grand scheme of of Catch Shares has done to not only the fisherman but also the consumer.

By the way I ended up buying a piece of salmon and a pound of shucked oysters for a stew.

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I just got back from a trip to Maine and the guys with lots of quota for catch shares have to be doing quite well. I stopped at Harbor Fish in Portland because it is a neat fish market with lots of different species. Swordfish was priced at 14.99 LB, halibut 16.99 LB which I thought was right up there. I was floored at the price of haddock and cod which was fresh and not previously frozen. I never thought I would see the day when these fillets were both priced at 17.99 LB. I can buy fillet mignon for a third of the cost.

With these super high prices the average Joe will never buy fish for his family. The costs in restaurants will soon become at Market prices like lobsters and steamers. It is a shame that this is what NOAA's grand scheme of of Catch Shares has done to not only the fisherman but also the consumer.

By the way I ended up buying a piece of salmon and a pound of shucked oysters for a stew.

Dave
Dave one day last week it was $8.11 for large cod boat price
 

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I know it won't last, but see why I wanted to put my boat back in the water for 300lbs, LOL...
 

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My wife is Italian American. She cooks a 7 fish dinner for Christmas Eve (including a salted cod dish). We had 16 people over our house. We bought some of the fish at Harbor Fish Market in Portland. Want to take a guess how much $$$ we spent?

The fish dinner is a tradition because it was historically an inexpensive holiday meal that could be cooked for a large family gathering... Not any more.
 

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Can only imagine what the bill was, must of been around $300. I love the place and know they are higher than most places but what catch shares has done is ridiculous. Look at the earlier statement by Googin, $8.11 for boat price, God that is like price for bluefin.

I wonder if NOAA has any idea what is going on out there. Some people who do not know fish are pretty happy with Talapia and frozen fillets. Can't wait to get boat back in and put some nice haddock fillets back in the freezer.

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Fish prices are a double edged sword. As screwed up as things are now with fisheries management and some of the stocks, the commercial fisherman needs to get a high price to stay afloat. Unfortunately most of the money is often made in the middle and both consumers and fisherman get the short end of the stick.
 

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My wife is Italian American. She cooks a 7 fish dinner for Christmas Eve (including a salted cod dish). We had 16 people over our house. We bought some of the fish at Harbor Fish Market in Portland. Want to take a guess how much $$$ we spent?

The fish dinner is a tradition because it was historically an inexpensive holiday meal that could be cooked for a large family gathering... Not any more.

We easily blow a grand on food for Christmas eve. Add in the liquor, win and beer and assorted crap to pick on and we blow through 2k like its a joke lol
 

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We easily blow a grand on food for Christmas eve. Add in the liquor, win and beer and assorted crap to pick on and we blow through 2k like its a joke lol

Please remember to invite your long lost cousin Dave next year:wink:

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Please remember to invite your long lost cousin Dave next year:wink:

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Cousin Dave! The CT/NY border is quite a haul for ya!

We also do some mean bbq in the summer. Usually do a pork shoulder for pulled pork. 4-5 racks of ribs then smoke a bunch of hot italian sausage. Big igloo with canned beer is ever present.
 
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Hate second guess the whole premise of this thread, but Harbor Fish is just about the most overpriced retail fish market in Portland - only one is more expensive. "Locals" go any one of the other places a little further down Commercial St. Next time you're in town, try Free Range Fish down towards Becky's. In my opinion, same fish with better turnover at way, way better prices.
 

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Hate second guess the whole premise of this thread, but Harbor Fish is just about the most overpriced retail fish market in Portland - only one is more expensive. "Locals" go any one of the other places a little further down Commercial St. Next time you're in town, try Free Range Fish down towards Becky's. In my opinion, same fish with better turnover at way, way better prices.

Stopped at Harbor Fish 3-4 years ago on the way to Freeport mid-February to pick-up some whole smelt. They were unpacking some fresh yellowfin loins. Asked where they got it and was told it was flown in from the Carribean. I took a 5 lb chunk along with the smelt. Fresh yellowfin on the grill in February? How many places carry that in Portland that time of year?
 

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Know they can be expensive but it is the feel of the place and the variety some places don't have. I did well on the shucked oysters for the stew and also my brother owns a retail fish business operating out of a very clean truck at the Groveland Bridge. Prices even for him picking up in Gloucester are still crazy. Even if ten dollars a pound, way too much and caused by catch shares.

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Prices even for him picking up in Gloucester are still crazy. Even if ten dollars a pound, way too much and caused by catch shares.

Dave

Agreed completely Dave... Regardless of what "premium" retail fish operations charge, people will buy less and less as catch shares drive prices higher and higher across the board.

Lobster - well, that's a completely different story!
 

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Capt. Dave I know a ton of people who love getting seafood from your brother.


Harpoon,

Thanks, he has worked the business hard for about three years and has a nice operation. He heads down to Gloucester picks up fresh cod, haddock and day boat scallops. He also sells Gulf of Mexico large shrimp and sometimes lobster and sword fish along with other species he can get at the right price.

When I heard he was going to sell out of the refrigerated truck I had second thoughts. Once I saw how clean it was and the positive comments he received from the Board of Health I was impressed. Unfortunately with the bridge traffic, high wholesale prices now, Market Basket fish around corner (lesser quality) makes it a tough business and he may be out soon.

Thanks for the nice comments and I hope you like the name, took me about two seconds to think of.

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I would say the weather and lack of fish has contributed more than catch shares, albeit catch shares have caused the lack of fish, but the weather and lack of product has led to these astronmical prices...also don't forget it was xmas and new years...
 
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