Alaska salmon fishing areas. Credit: adfg

 

Everything you need to know about Alaska salmon catches and markets can be found at a glance in the latest Seafood Market Bulletin from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

It’s compiled by the McDowell Group and includes harvest summaries for past years by region, and forecasts for this year,  dock side values and prices over a decade, each species rank as a percent of Alaska’s harvests, wholesale prices and key products and markets for each kind of salmon.

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Here’s a sampler: The projected pink salmon catch this summer of 142 million is up by more than one million fish over last year. The average pink price to fishermen last year was $.34 a pound.

Frozen pinks accounted for 44 percent of the pink value last year with canned pinks at 37 percent.

Chum catches this year should bump up to about 17 million due to higher catches in western Alaska regions.  Chums accounted for 15 percent of the Alaska salmon harvest and value over two years. The average dock price last year was $.61 price per pound.

Globally, chum production dropped by 30 percent due to decreased catches in Japan. That pushed up roe prices to over $14 a pound. Roe accounts for 37 percent of Alaska’s chum salmon value.

Coho catches are expected to increase to 4.7 million this year.  Exports account for nearly 75 percent of coho sales. The average coho price to fishermen last year was $1.17  a pound.

Coho are the latest running of all Alaska salmon species and account for  three percent of the harvest and five percent of the value.

Alaska’s sockeye catch is expected to decline 23 percent this year to about 41 million fish, and prices are expected to increase.  Fishermen averaged $1.05 a pound last season, up $.23 from the previous year.

Sockeye accounted for 34 percent of Alaska’s salmon harvest over the past two years and 55 percent of the value, ringing in at $302 million in 2016.

The Chinook harvest is projected to drop by 27 percent this year and produce the smallest harvest in state history.

The average Alaska price last year was $4.88 a pound, for a value of nearly $24 million.

Ninety-nine percent of Alaska’s Chinook salmon go to markets in the U.S.

Alaska’s 2017 salmon harvest calls for 204 million fish, up nearly one million from last year.

 

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