Fresh fish and seafood is always better than frozen product. Below is a compilation of fresh fish availability charts from the profiles of numerous fish listed on Chef’s Resources. The charts indicate simply “fresh” product and do not differentiate between “fresh wild” and “fresh farmed” fish. But fish which is marketed as “fresh frozen” (marketing bullshit) is not included in these charts (because it is not fresh!). Visit each fishes profile page for complete culinary information on each one.
Fresh Fish Availability Chart
Here are the color codes for the Fresh Seafood Availability Chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh but may be available frozen. There are a number of reasons why a fish may have limited availability.
- it is the beginning or end of the commercial fishing season for that fish
- the fish has strict qoutas set and once the qouta is met the fishing stops
- the fish is a “by-catch”, meaning that it has limited commercial value and is a by-catch while fishing for something else
- there isn’t much commercial/consumer interest in the fish so fishermen don’t consistently fish for it
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