Salmon importers are in lengthy talks with North American canneries now that the season has come to an end, and the full extent of the pack becomes evident. A major saving took place with more Reds than predicted joining the number of Pinks canned. The producers have been bullish overall because the total catch was down from 215 million fish in 1999 to 137 million this year. UK importers, however, point out that the fish were larger, so tonnage is down only 18%. So far, canners have turned down price proposals put forward by UK buyers who keep reminding the Seattle producers that, with sterling down from $1.60 last year to $1.40 this year, they need at least 60% off last season's dollar prices to move the large pack of Red halves (213g), which the industry has packed. {{PROVISIONS }}

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