Buffalo fish sandwiches, one of the most popular seafood dishes in the country, are expected to see higher prices in 2018 than they did in 2017.
The price of a half-pound Buffalo fish was expected to rise 5 percent to $4.95.
But prices will jump again next year to $5.05, said Chris Dickson, vice president of the American Fisheries Society.
“It’s still going to be a good thing, but it’s going to get to the point where we’re going to see prices go up a bit,” he said.
The cost of a quarter-pound fish was forecast to rise 6 percent to about $3.90.
Prices will go up again next spring to $3, as will the price of half- and full-pound, said Dickson.
“I think there’s going be a price increase, but I think we’ll see it in a more gradual way,” he added.
Prices for some specialty cuts, such as swordfish, are projected to rise in the near future.
Dickson said he expected prices to increase by about 6 percent for those cuts.
“That’s going back to the year 2018, the year that we did the analysis and found that the premium of swordfish was actually lower than what we saw in 2018,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
“There was no real correlation between the premium and the quality of the fish.”
The AP Health category for freshwater fish includes trout, mussels, lobsters, muskellunge, salmon, mackerel, catfish and oysters.
The AP Food category for seafood includes squid, lobster, shrimp, crab, tuna, shrimp tails, cat and fish fillets, shrimp heads, crab legs, crawfish and shrimp feet.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines a half pound of fish as any fish weighing less than 2 ounces.
It’s worth noting that prices for frozen and fresh fish are not set in stone.
“Some consumers like to try and cut back on the amount of fish they eat,” Dickson noted.
“If you’re not buying frozen, you’re also not buying fresh.”
He said that people who are eating frozen fish can choose to save money on the cost of their meal, which could be the reason that the price is not going up as much.
“You can actually save money by just cooking the fish for yourself,” he explained.
“They have a whole menu of frozen fish that you can have, but you can get it done in under 30 minutes.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.