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Fish Factor: Wholesale salmon prices show seasonal variations
Salmon prices at wholesale show marked seasonal variations for both wild and farmed fish. It’s a pattern that has been tracked for decades by Urner Barry, the nation’s oldest commodity market watcher, in business since 1895. The prices tend to decline through June, July, August and September and they begin rising again from November through the following April or May. Two things drive the well-established pattern,...
Jun 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sen. Murkowski questions Frankenfish
If genetically modified salmon gets a green light by the federal government, it will be labeled as such if U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle have their way. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week passed the bipartisan Murkowski-Begich amendment requiring that consumers be advised of what they are buying. During testimony, Senator Murkowski questioned if the so-called Frankenfish can even be called a ...
Jun 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Marketers mull smaller cans for pinks
Salmon season is just getting under way, but seafood companies are still selling last summer’s record catch of 226 million pink salmon — and it has prompted lots of creative thinking. “The challenge is to market all this fish and still maintain the value,” said Tyson Fick, communications director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. the state’s lone marketing arm. “It wouldn’t be any problem for the produce...
May 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Commercial bigger for economy than sport
The debate over which sector – commercial or recreational fishing – provides the bigger economic punch can finally be put to rest. The annual Fisheries Economics of the U.S. report by the Deptartment of Commerce shows once and for all that in terms of values, jobs, sales and incomes the commercial sector far outscores recreational fishing. A breakdown of the extensive report by market analyst John Sackton shows th...
May 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Acidifcation endangers pinks’ food source
The basic laws of supply and demand are resulting in a nice payday for Alaska halibut and sablefish harvesters. Prices for both fish are up by more than a dollar per pound compared to the same time last year. Fresh halibut has been moving smoothly and demand is steady since the fishery opened in early March, said a major Kodiak buyer, where dock prices were reported at $6 per pound for 10- to 20-pounders, $6.25 fo...
May 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Roe herring and 10-step programs
Kodiak’s roe herring fishery began on April 15 with little notice and rumors of fire sale prices. The fleet of 22 seiners was down a bit; they are competing for a harvest of 5,800 short tons, similar to the past five years. No gillnetters had signed up for the herring fishery. Test fishing from the east side of the island were showing nice roe counts, said James Jackson, herring manager at Alaska Department of Fis...
Apr 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Salmon permits continue to soar in price
Alaska salmon permits in many fisheries have tripled in value since 2002 and the upward trend continues. An overview of April listings by four brokers shows that Bristol Bay drift net permits are valued at nearly $134,000 by the State, and listed for sale at $150,000 to $170,000. That compares to $90,000 this past January. At Southeast Alaska, seine permits are the priciest in the state at over $300,000. That’s an...
Apr 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: 2014 salmon catch projected lower than 2013 total
Alaska’s total salmon catch for 2014 is projected to be down by almost half of last year’s record haul. State fishery managers are calling for an all species harvest of just under 133 million salmon, a 47 percent drop from last year’s whopping 283 million fish. A pink catch of 95 million pushed the record last year and it is pinks that will bring the numbers down this summer. Pink salmon run in on/off year cycles ...
Apr 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Food specialist turns pollock skins into pet treats
Co-products is the big new buzz word in the seafood industry as more companies move towards “head-to-tails’ usages for fish. “For instance, the oils we are producing now from pollock livers has become so valuable in capsules and other human nutraceutical products, it makes no sense to call the livers a ‘byproduct’ of the fillets or surimi. All of it is important in the puzzle of how to maximize the value of each f...
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Seafood sales peak during Lent
Last Wednesday marked the start of Lent, a time of fasting, soul searching and repentance for hundreds of millions of Christians around the world. And what the burst in the holiday sales season from Thanksgiving to Christmas means to retailers, Lent means the same to the seafood industry. The 40-day Lenten season, which this year runs from March 5 to Easter Sunday on April 20, dates back to the 4th century, and it...
Mar 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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