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"Dave's Sales Memo" - A New Weekly Update

Boston Sword & Tuna is happy to announce we will be releasing a weekly sales memo to keep our customers as updated and in-the-loop as possible. Dave Hopkins will be collecting a recent market analysis from the heads of all divisions and putting together a document for our sales team, which we will also post right here.

This Sales Memo will include:

  • Market trends
  • Product information
  • Anticipated catches
  • Fishing grounds / fishing vessels inside info
  • Location of where current product is being sourced
  • And more...

Here is an example sales memo from our in-house memo last week:


Swordfish- The Swordfish market is starting to fill in but we still haven’t seen as much fish as last year.  With that being said, heavy landings should drive the price down on some of the best quality fish of the year.

Tuna-Tuna supply should be good through the end of the week and into next week.  We anticipate a two tiered market as some wholesalers are long on #2 and 2G grades.  High grade 2+ and #1's will hold their value.

Specialty Fish-  Plenty of mako, sell away. We will likely wind down the week with a few blue marlin, uku, monchong and hebi.  There will be a good amount of Opah in Hawaii over the weekend.  We will likely take a position on this if prices stay reasonable.  

Shrimp- We have 21/25 Raw tail on whites and also 13/15 Raw tail on tigers new to the lineup this week.  We had some great sales leading up to the holiday weekend.  Let’s keep it going! 

Shellfish- Shellfish has not really changed since the beginning of the week.  Prices are stable and will remain that way.  You might see frying clams and steamers come down after the holiday weekend but everything is stable now.  We have a good supply going into the weekend of everything. 

Scallops- 10-20 and 20-30 prices are softening.  The U-10 and U-12 prices remain strong.  Next week we should see good production. 

Lobsters- Prices will stay high through the holiday and into next week.  Very limited supply on hard-shell products.  There is a Chinese Holiday next week which will keep that demand high.  Processors have been buying up a lot of the softer-shelled products as well keeping that market on the high side as well.

Salmon- The salmon filet market is stable.  We will have 13-15 whole salmon available at $5.50.  The 9-11’s are available at $4.25 for people who are price shopping.

Ground fish- Scrod Haddock and Pollock will be tight through the end of the week.  Plenty of Icelandic Cod ad PF Haddock.

 Head fish- Monk will be tight through the end of the week.  We will have a little grouper and Snapper.  


Michael J. Scola

While earning his degree in business, Michael spent summers and winters working the floor at Boston Sword & Tuna and learning the seafood business from the ground up. As a fifth-generation fishmonger and handled different species, lumped sword and tuna, sorted through vats of haddock and cod, broke down salmon cases, graded the fish, and more. During this time, Mike was a veritable sea sponge, learning from the most-experienced seafood professionals in the game while acquiring the tools needed to be successful in this gritty industry.