The price of California’s largest and most popular seafood, carp, has skyrocketed by more than a third in the last two years, according to the state’s Department of Fish and Game.
“There’s a lot of people out there who are looking for it,” said Brian Pyle, who has been a commercial fisherman for more than 30 years.
“It’s gone up almost 100 percent in the past couple years.
People are just finding ways to get it.”
The price increase in carp and shrimp is largely due to a surge in demand for the meat.
“The carp is one of the more popular seafood in the state because of its great value, its high quality, and its freshness,” said Chris Lattner, a spokesman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
“A lot of these restaurants and retailers have just not been able to keep up with demand.”
The seafood industry in California has grown more than 200 percent since the recession, and has more than doubled its sales since 2000, according in the department’s annual report.
In January, the state also announced a plan to phase out its mandatory fish and shellfish harvesting in 2021.
A group of California lawmakers, however, have been pushing for more stringent regulations for the industry, arguing that a higher price on fish would be unfair to consumers.
California has seen a number of other food price spikes, including the rise in meat prices after a string of recent wildfires in Southern California, which led to a nationwide price spike.
That prompted Gov.
Jerry Brown, a Democrat, to announce in March that he would institute a statewide “shelter in place” program for seafood in California.