Salmon


Test fishing in the Port Moller area has indicated a reasonable red salmon return to Bristol Bay. But sea temperatures are a concern - they are 3C colder than usual. This drop will delay fish returning to the rivers to spawn and could increase the natural mortality rate. "This information is very worrying and could lead to a reduced catch," said a source in Seattle. Processors are expecting the run to be delayed by seven to 10 days until mid-July. Normally the peak period starts on 4 July and lasts for three weeks, during which time packers work around the clock, freezing and canning. Production during this period sets the levels for new season prices, with retailer negotiations starting in early August. The fish appear to be smaller than average but if the run is late this would be expected.


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