Price of fish fries on the rise across WNY

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – At this time of year, you can find fish fry specials almost everywhere you go in Western New York, but be prepared to pay a little more.

The price of haddock, the most popular type of fish used in fish fries, is on the rise. That means you’ll likely be paying more if you want to enjoy the traditional fare.

Friday night, the Kiwanis Club of East Aurora is holding their annual pre-Lent fish fry fundraiser. But because of the haddock shortage, the dinners this year a little bit more expensive, albeit only by $1.

You can expect that to be the case no matter where you get a fish fry this season. The price of frozen haddock has shot up from last year. It was $2.60 per pound in 2013, and now it’s almost $4 per pound.

Restaurants and other organizations have been forced to either raise prices or choose a different type of fish for their fish fries, such as frozen cod, which is around $2.95 per pound.

“Last year we were at $9 [per dinner], this year we’re at $10. The one nice thing is we’re not handling as many single dollar bills. It’s very easy to make change,” said Kiwanis member Patrick Blizniak. “We did have a choice of cod, which is a cheaper fish, and we wanted to stick with the better quality fish.”

Kiwanis is raising money primarily for the Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora. Last year, the fundraiser made around $8,000. This year, the club hopes to break a Guinness World Record set at Krolick’s in Arcade in 2008. To sell the Most Fish Fries in a Single Event, Kiwanis will have to sell more than 2,552 fish fries Friday night

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