Sustainable seafood slowly coming to our region

Last night I heard comments at a small discussion group of shock over blue claw crab prices. The thing is, I’ve been a promoter of sustainable pricing for a long time. Only now are others coming on board with the concept.

Local sellers are increasing prices based on supply and demand, not because they’ve had an awakening over sustainable business models. Some examples:

  • The price of live #1 crabs in Port Norris, New Jersey was $68/dozen last weekend.
  • A bushel of cooked #2 crabs is sold for $220 across the bay at a Delaware facility.
  • This past week I recommended a retail price of $75 for a tray of 25 cooked, cleaned and chilled #2 crabs as part of a consultant project for a New Jersey seafood business plan. This is product is in testing but not currently available on the market here as far as I know.
proposed seafood product in testing
A proposed seafood product in testing, not yet offered commercially

Delaware Bay oysters

Money Island New Jersey is the primary oyster landing port for Delaware Bay oysters. Nantuxent Seafood is not in the oyster business but we have working relationships with other oyster growers, harvesters and dealers. The local oyster industry is estimated to add $26 million annually to the local economy.