Sanibel’s seafood sector thrives amid ongoing pandemic

Sanibel's seafood sector thrives amid ongoing pandemic

SANIBEL, Florida – Since the start of the pandemic, seafood sales have increased by more more than 28.4%.

“Right from the start, our retail to the market almost doubled because people couldn’t eat out and therefore had to buy things to cook,” said Matt Asen, owner of Timber’s Restaurant & Fish Market. “Our sales of stone crab are up from last year. Our prawns we sell a lot and all the fish in fillet; snapper, grouper, salmon.

In 2020, seafood generated more $ 16.6 billion in sales for grocery retailers.

“Our restaurant business is down 30%, so I can stay in business and pay for my help,” Asen said.

The reason could be that people are looking for healthier options at home during the pandemic.

“We think it’s healthy, it’s light and we love to grill and…

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