Salmon prices are starting to trickle in as more sales are firmed up by local processors and early signs point to good paydays across the board.paydays across the board.
At Bristol Bay, Trident Seafoods, Ocean Beauty and Togiak Seafoods posted a base price of $1.25 a pound for sockeyes, according to KDLG in Dillingham.
Trident is paying a 15 cent bonus for reds that are chilled and bled.
Copper River Seafoods raised its sockeye price from $1.30 to $1.70 for fish that is chilled/bled and sorted. That company also is paying 80 cents a pound for coho salmon and 45 cents for chums and pinks.
The average base price last year for Bristol Bay sockeyes was $1.02 a pound, 65 cents for cohos, 30 cents for chums and 18 cents a pound for pinks.
Kodiak advances were reported at $1.55 to $1.60 for sockeyes, 43 to 55 cents for chums and 40 cents for pinks. That compares to last year’s average prices of $1.38 for sockeyes, 40 cents for chums and31 cents for Kodiak pinks.
At Prince William Sound the sockeye base price was reported at $1.95 and chums at 95 cents.
At Norton Sound the single buyer is advancing 80 cents a pound for chums and $1.40 for cohos, same as last year, and 25 cents for pinks, an increase of 22 cents.
Salmon fishermen at Kotzebue were getting 40 cents for chums, down from 48 cents, but that price is expected to increase when a third buyer comes on line.
Fish and Game’s weekly summary says that Southeast trollers were averaging $8.48 for Chinook salmon, an increase of $1.15 over last year – troll caught cohos were at $1.64, 16 cents higher and the trollers average for chums is 90 cents, up 13 cents from 2017.
Any or all of these early prices could change when more sales are made in coming months.
The better pay day will help offset a salmon shortfall in most regions.
ASMI’s weekly summary by the McDowell Group says statewide, salmon catches are still down by a third from last year.
Excluding Bristol Bay, the sockeye catch is down by half, pinks are a third lower than 2016 levels with Southeast catches way off expectations.
Chums are down 42 percent overall and the coho harvest is more than 50 percent lower than the five year average.
Alaska’s total salmon catch as of July 24 was approaching 64 million fish out of a projected 149 salmon for the season.
We’ll have more salmon prices as they become available.