February 28, 2013
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska salmon prices at wholesale show some big gains. More after this –
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Much of Alaska’s salmon pack gets sold long after fishermen hang up their nets. The state Department of Revenue’s Tax Division tracks sales throughout the year by region for canned, frozen and fresh fish and salmon roe. Sales from September through December of 2012 show big gains for some products compared to the year before. Canned sockeye salmon, for example, wholesaled for more than $193 per case of talls in 2012, an increase of over $12 from 2011. For canned pinks, a case of talls topped $103 last year, up more than $15. ….
Roe prices really surged for all salmon, especially for the most popular species: pinks and chums. For pink salmon, over 5.5 million pounds of roe fetched nearly $12 per pound, compared to about $8.50 in 2011. For chums, over 3.2 million pounds was sold from September through December at $18.76 a pound, an increase of $5 dollars a pound.
Most of Alaska’s salmon is sold headed and gutted, frozen. Those prices decreased across the board. Sales show that Alaska processors are really ramping up fillet production – notably for sockeye salmon. In 2011 just over 7 million pounds of sockeye fillets were sold in the last months of the year, valued at nearly $42 million. In 2012, fillets totaled nearly 9 million pounds valued at over $51 million. For Bristol Bay, the world’s largest sockeye salmon producer, fillet sales reached $15.5 million from September thru December; double the value of the same time in 2011.
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