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Salmon wholesale data, forecasts call for fewer fish
March 4, 2016                   Salmon prices

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Salmon sales data from last year show what everyone already knows – lower prices across the board.  Alaska’s Department of Revenue’s Tax Division tracks sales of six different salmon product forms by region, including frozen, fresh, roe and cans.  The latest report shows data from the busy sales season from September through December. Here’s a sampler:

By far, most of Alaska’s salmon goes to market in frozen, headed and gutted form.  The average wholesale price for sockeye was $2.40 a pound, compared to $3.13 last year.  The price for frozen cohos was $2.20 compared to $2.53; pinks averaged $1.07, down 26-cents, chums sold at $1.25, down 23-cents, and frozen Chinook salmon averaged $3.85, compared to $4.28 at the same time last year.

Fresh and frozen sockeye fillets wholesaled for $5.73 on average, down from $6.19 a pound.

Pink salmon roe averaged $4.16 a pound, down from $6.95; chum roe at $10.30 was a drop of $2.50 a pound from 2014.

Cases of tall cans of  sockeye took a huge nose dive to $126.53 per case, a drop of nearly $70. Cases of canned pinks were wholesaling at just under $77 dollars ($76.86), down $4.

Overall, there could be less salmon available to buyers this year. A toxic algae bloom continues to kill millions of farmed salmon from Chile, where production is 13 percent below expectations. Salmon catches on the west coast also are projected to be down by half at Puget Sound and on the Columbia River due to low coho numbers.

Lower numbers also are projected for several Alaska fisheries – notably, for pink salmon in Southeast and at Prince William Sound. And Bristol Bay’s sockeye forecast calls for a catch below 30 million fish, well below harvests of the past two years.

Find links to the salmon price reports, catches and more at

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