Some optimism for this year's catch: market trends "better than they were a year ago," say guests

May 11, 2016

The dollar has weakened against the euro and yen, last year's wild frozen and canned inventory is moving smoothly, and an expected 6-7 percent decline in farmed Atlantic production might help drive the price for Bristol Bay's catch back up.

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On this week's Bristol Bay and Beyond, we spoke with BBEDC's Norm Van Vactor, McDowell Group's Andy Wink, and MAP agent Gabe Dunham for their interpretation of the market for wild salmon going into the 2016 season. Last year, everyone knew the outlook was bad, but the base price of .50 cents was a devastating blow (especially with processor restrictions on the near record sized return) for many fishermen. Our guests share a "cautious optimism" that this year will be better than last. Listen below to hear why: