National Fisherman

Dock prices for Alaska’s most popular species of finfish are at the top of their historical range, partly due to a supply shortage and partly due to increasing popularity.
 
Prices for halibut are at record highs, with current levels at around $6.50 per pound for 10-20  pound fish (smalls), $6.75 for 20-40 pound fish (mediums), and $6.90 for 40-ups (large), according to Jeff Berger, a manager at Copper River Seafoods, which buys fish at multiple ports in Alaska.
 
The company has bought large halibut for even more, but their scarcity makes it fairly meaningless, according to Berger.
 
“We paid $7.00 for 40-ups, but there aren’t any, so you might as well throw that number away,” he said. “The average price is about $6.50.”
 
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National Fisherman Live

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