Silver salmon shortage supporting chum prices

Female chum salmon from Hokkaido are fetching a landed price of 605 yen (USD 5.58, EUR 4.34) per kilogram (kg), while males are selling between 320 and 350 (USD 2.95-3.22, EUR 2.29-2.51) yen. Females sell higher have higher value for the eggs (ikura).

Chum salmon are caught in Japan from 30 August to early October. The early season harvest has been 40 percent above the volumes of the same time last year and there are now about 2,500 metric tons in cold storage, pushing down the landed price of …

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