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It's no wonder that fish is so expensive. What does "fresh" mean? Usually that it was flash frozen, then thawed out. Nobody wants days-old fish. Almost all fish at the fish market was flash-frozen. It's not as if some local fishing boat goes out for a day and delivers fish to your fish market.
If never frozen (say, 5 days just on ice), quality deteriorates quickly. If you want fresh (same day) fish you had best go fishing yourself.
Always best fresh but halibut freezes well. Used to go out for halibut in the Cook Inlet and then Fed Ex as much as a 100# of frozen fish back to Texas. When you figure in flying to Alaska, the charter boat and frozen fish shipping, some of that fish must have approached $50 a pound!! But it was tasty! Fried a batch in a tent on an elk hunt in Colorado and one of the diners claimed it was the best he had ever eaten and wanted the recipe. I told him to start off with cold hungry folks who had walked up and down mountains all day and then make them stand around outside the tent for an hour or so smelling the hot peanut oil >>>>>>>>>> hard to screw that up?
There are (were?) restaurants in Copper Harbor, MI whose properties have docks on Lake Superior. Commercial fishing boats deliver Lake Trout and Coho Salmon caught just hours earlier that become part of the dinner menu. They make it difficult to eat any other kind of fish.
I second the 'fish sticks', in an air fryer they're really good, especially the beer-battered fillets. But halibut and steelhead are close seconds. Fresh halibut in Alaska was a treat I'll never forget.
If all fish is flash-frozen I wonder why they feel the need to thaw it and present it as if fresh. I'd much rather look at a sample and get it still frozen, and keep all of my options.