Each year the market opens at a premium, due to the early start, compared with the rest of Alaska where the season is still four weeks away. Most encouraging is the quality of the fish, larger than usual, thus giving a good yield. Prices in Japan are depressed due to the economic situation and an abandoning of farmed fish from Chile. Opening levels for the Copper River were unrealistic but business has now been concluded and virtually all will be sold as chilled, with a small amount canned, using fish graded out during the selection process. {{CANNED GOODS }}