Bad weather and the Easter holiday limited U.S. halibut fishing, pushing prices higher at the start of the season.

Ex-vessel prices currently range from the low-USD 6 range up to USD 8.10 per pound, for 10/20-pound fresh whole fish, f.o.b. Seattle. Retail halibut prices are high, too, at USD 20 per pound and up, some buyers say.

Despite the higher combined quota for U.S. and Canadian halibut – up 6 percent from 2014 to 29.2 million pounds this season – supply has been slow going out of t