Kodiak salmon fishermen, processors reach agreement

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak chapter of the United Salmon Association has entered into contractual price agreements with area salmon processors.

Prices vary slightly between processing plants, but salmon fishermen will receive a minimum grounds price of approximately 53 cents a pound for sockeye salmon and between 5 and 7 cents a pound for pink salmon.

The Kodiak salmon fleet stood down from the salmon season from June 9 until June 15 and for two days again early this week. Nearly all fish caught between June 15 and June 25 were delivered to a local processor that had signed a USA contract.

The fishermen's asking price this year was the same as the price paid last year: 65 cents a pound for sockeye salmon and 9 cents a pound for pink salmon. In addition, association contracts included a market-driven scale that resulted in a 3 cent postseason adjustment on the sockeye price in early 2002.

According to the association, although the prices are 30 to 50 percent lower than those paid to fishermen in 2001, the Kodiak fleet had an unwavering commitment to a signed contract with processors.

''As small business owners we need to have information to make responsible business decisions,'' said Thom Wischer, association chairman in Kodiak. ''This includes information about the price we can expect to be paid for our product.''

Since the inception of USA in 1997, the association has been committed to signing preseason contracts for fishermen with a base price linked to a market-driven scale. The association said that would assure that fishermen share in increased market value of their product.

The salmon fleet resumed fishing Thursday.

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