There are already signs that, with the Alaskan red salmon season starting shortly, fishermen are in no mood to sell at lower prices than those of last season.

“We virtually gave salmon away last year, so we will be holding firm this year,” said Seattle sources.

UK importers, though, will be waiting for the pack to progress before getting into serious price negotiations.

Processors are indicating higher fob levels of $30-plus, against $28 last year.