Good supply of fish keeps up with NYE demand
At the Honolulu Fish Auction, wholesalers lined up before the crack of dawn, some looking to replenish their stocks of ahi for the holiday.
Many New Year's Eve parties were filled with island food, including fish from our waters.
But how does the catch-of-the-day get to your nearby grocery store?
At the Honolulu Fish Auction on Sunday, wholesalers line up before the crack of dawn, some looking to replenish their stocks of ahi for the holiday.
"Every year at this time, fortunately for Hawaii, these fish migrate closer to Hawaii, so with the demand factor, it works out pretty nice," says Brooks Takenaka of the United Fishing Agency.
It's a cool 40 degrees in the auction's freezer. About 100,000 pounds of long -line species are laid out on ice, waiting for the right buyers to bring them one step closer to the dinner table.
"Every year, demand goes up," Takenaka says, "supply's been the significant difference this year. There is a little more yellowfin."
That means prices are typically more affordable, since yellowfin isn't as fatty as big eye. Still, prices can differ depending on where you buy the fish.
"I think it's important for the public to understand that the prices here at the auction is one thing," Takenaka says. "The wholesalers have their markups, and going to retailers, that's another markup. The thing is, that's the reason why there's a big demand for our fish, because the quality is really good, so ask your retailer. Especially today, you should also see labeling, because proper labeling is important in terms of where these fish are coming from."
New Year's Eve was the final push for these auctioneers. They've sold some 25 to 28 million pounds of fish this year.
Now it's time for a break. The auction closes for three days, and reopens for business on Thursday, Jan. 4.