While U.S. distributors are holding a fair amount of tilapia in inventory, raw materials are becoming scarce, which is expected to boost the price on this popular whitefish.

“The market is a bit saturated,” said one southern distributor of both fresh and frozen tilapia. “There’s a decent amount in the (United) States.”

“We had an abundance of fish this year,” said an East Coast importer, noting storage within the United States has risen.…