EP 319 | AIRED 01/23/2017

Sockeye Prices Remain Firm During Tight Wild Salmon Inventories

January 23, 2017 - Welcome to The Tradex Foods "3-Minute Market Insight" This is Kyla Ganton and here is the seafood news for the week of January 23rd, 2017.

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--- Limited supply of wild salmon species continues to strengthen Sockeye Pricing in the new year. There are still decent inventories available along the coast on H&G. A lack of raw material carry over inventory from the 2015 sockeye run has kept pricing strong. 4-6s appear to be steady in the range of $3.60 - $3.75 per pound. In the upcoming weeks, expect to see a rush for inventories as buyers analyze end user contracts to determine a need or a surplus of materials. If you recall, 37.3 million sockeye were harvested in Bristol Bay in 2016, up 5 percent from the year prior. This year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is expecting a sockeye run of 43.1 million in Bristol Bay, yielding a harvest of 30.5 million fish averaging 5.8 pounds. Many processors moved from Headed and Gutted production to the strong fillet market, which nets a better return on the fish. Despite the abundance of fillets on the market, the market price remained in the range of $6.75 to $7.00 per pound and inventories continue to move. This is largely influenced by the lack of Chum and Pink salmon in the market. Low Chum and Pink salmon returns hit Alaskan processors hard, especially for Roe production. A Federal Disaster was officially declared last Wednesday for Alaskan Pink Salmon fisheries, after some areas harvested only 20 percent of the five-year-catch average in 2016. Some processors mentioned strong refresh programs for sockeye, indicating that large volumes of raw materials would be destined for that. Expectations across the board for 2017 pricing right now seem strong. --- To wrap things up, Our TradexLIVE Offer of the Week is for 1-3lb IVP Sinbad Platinum Sockeye Fillets. We have 10,000 lbs of these Trim C, Skin-on, #1 Quality Fillets in Seattle for $6.75/lb USD. Click or Tap the Icon above to view this offer. ----Thank you for joining me for the Tradex Foods "3-Minute Market Insight" This is Kyla Ganton - “BUY SMART” and “EAT MORE SEAFOOD"

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