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Market Report: Copper River Salmon Opens May 16th!!!

Copper River Sockeye Salmon H+G

Copper River Sockeye Salmon H+G

***The 12 Hour Scramble***

The gear is cleaned, organized, and set-on-ready… The boats are receiving minor maintenance, repairs, and loving the anticipation of the opening of the season… The fishermen and women have an excited restlessness that can only be calmed by the sea… The Copper River Run for Sockeye, King, and Coho Salmon will open with a 12 hour day on Thursday May 16, 2013. The project harvest for this season could be the largest since the early 1980’s – STRONG! Pricing at the moment is speculative and could be polarized by a number of market factors. Day Boat H&G Processed at Sea may see the high and the low of pricing with little middle ground.

At the close of 2012 Copper River Sockeye Season, many distribution avenues for the fish were utilized. The boat price for whole fish saw dramatic downturns for the fishermen and remained elevated in restaurant distribution. Auction Houses were buying at the lowest possible price and selling low to major retailers (i.e. grocery stores and member-based discount warehouses) while restaurant prices for the highest quality, freshest Sockeye remained firm. All too often last year we fielded comments like, “I can get fresh Sockeye Salmon at my local grocery store for $6.99/lb.” The is a direct result of the larger volume operators in the distribution chain buying tons of bulk at the bottom dollar. It made more financial sense for the fisherman to drop at the large processors than to battle for top dollar at the docks. Boat Captains were paid less and Chef still paid the same. We are predicting that the projected haul this year will help to rectify these economic anomalies. In other words, there should be enough fish to go around…

Copper River, Alaska

Copper River, Alaska

This is all good news for the fisheries, and SeafoodS.com is staunchly obligated to offer the freshest Sockeye Salmon available in the marketplace to our customers. SeafoodS.com will have access to same day flights out of Cordova, AK direct to LAX for national distribution of our Sockeye Salmon inventories. All orders are processed, packed, and shipped same day – no questions asked. The highly revered Copper River Sockeye Salmon from SeafoodS.com will represent the epitome of day boat freshness every time. Glistening sheen, fragrant melon and cold ocean, brilliantly deep orange-red coloration, firm texture, and an abundance of fat will be the signifying characteristics of SeafoodS.com Sockeye when compared to inferior box-store bulk buys. We only source the best so our customers can enjoy the best!!!

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