July 31, 2013
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A snapshot of salmon sales through 2012, and some good signs for sockeyes. More after this –
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The 2012 Alaska Salmon Price Report is out, which shows market prices for salmon by species, region and product. Here’s a snapshot of wholesale prices and some telling comparisons.
The bulk of Alaska’s salmon pack goes out frozen whole, headed and gutted. Those values for sockeyes, the big money fish continued to slide last year averaging $2.89 a pound, compared to $3.20 in 2011. That trend has already turned around this year, however – the average price for frozen sockeye ticked up a dime from January through April. And canned reds jumped to $193 for a case of talls, a $23 increase from the previous year. Lower supplies and strong demand should keep an upward press on sockeye sales prices throughout the year.
Frozen pink prices took a dip last year averaging $1.29 a pound, down from $1.44. Pink salmon roe prices reached $10.29 a pound, a $2.63 increase bringing the value to more than $100 million. Pink roe prices through April topped $12 a pound.
Chums followed a similar pattern. Frozen chums averaged $1.38 a pound, a drop of 44 cents from 2011. But chum roe rang in at nearly $17/lb for a total value of $120 million. And prices of chum salmon roe from January through this April topped $20 per pound.
Find links to the Alaska Salmon Price Report at the 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. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.