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July 12, 2013               Salmon wholesale prices, Jan-April, 2013         Canned salmon Credit: Ocean Beauty Seafoods

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Alaska salmon prices show some nice ups – a few downs at wholesale.  More on sales trends through April after this –

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 Alaska’s salmon is marketed in several forms – such as fresh or frozen, fillets, roe and canned.  The State tracks sales by product, price  and region and reports on it three times a year.  Here’s a snapshot of the January through April sales at first wholesale compared to the same time last year–

 The bulk of Alaska’s salmon pack goes out frozen, in headed and gutted form. 

Chinook prices bumped up by 90-cents  to nearly $4/lb through April.

Frozen cohos averaged $2.54/lb, a 30-cent increase.  Frozen sockeyes slumped below $3/, a drop of 31 cents a pound on half the volume.

Chum prices dropped from $2 to one dollar a pound on double the sales volume.

 Prices for frozen sockeye fillets also fell below $6/lb from January through April, compared to an  average $6.25 last year. Chum fillets dropped by more than a dollar   to $3.20 a pound.  

 Sales of canned sockeye and pink salmon showed steady price increases

Hold onto your hats for the gains in prices for Alaska salmon roe.

For pink salmon roe, wholesale  prices jumped to nearly $12/lb through April, nearly double from last year.

Coho roe ticked up from $9.90 to nearly $12 a pound.

For chum salmon roe the average price topped $20/lb, an increase of five dollars from 2012.

 Find all of the salmon price and production reports at the Alaska Dept. of Revenue’s Tax Division.   

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.