Wholesale prices for pink salmon in the Far East decreased by 60% in annual terms
Prices are declining against the background of a high catch and a significant share in the catch structure of small fish - 300-600 grams each, which is usually sold at a price lower than large pink salmon, analysts of the union note.
According to their data, in August, prices for pink salmon in central Russia are falling against the background of fresh catch fish supplies and a decrease in the selling price in the Far East. By the end of the month, the average wholesale price was 235 rubles per kg. In the near future, according to analysts, the price will be relatively stable, since in the Far East it remains approximately at the same level for the second week in a row.
According to the report, the catch of pink salmon in the Russian Federation by August 21 exceeded 470 thousand tons, which is more than three times higher than on the same date last year.
At the same time, the wholesale price of keta, according to the monitoring of "Natsrybresurs", in the Far East strengthened to 380 rubles per kg compared to 360 rubles a year earlier, in the center - from 340 rubles to 390 rubles per kg. According to the Fish Union, the price of chum salmon (gutted, without a head) in the Far East starts from 315 rubles per kg - depending on the size and time of catch. In Moscow, the average wholesale price is currently 415 rubles per kg against 405 rubles a year earlier. "The positive dynamics is due to the fact that the catch volumes of chum salmon were lower than predicted," the experts explained.
The cost of sockeye salmon in the Far East is about 510 rubles per kg, which is about the same as last year. According to the Fish Union, the range of wholesale prices for this type of salmon is from 500 to 700 rubles per kg (depending on the size) against 480-720 rubles per kg a year earlier. Sockeye salmon catch is still below the level of last year, export demand is not very high. The average export price for sockeye salmon in the first half of August decreased to $5.5 per kg from $5.9 in July 2023 and $6.9 in early August 2022.
As reported by Rosrybolovstvo, salmon catch in the Russian Federation by August 22 reached 545 thousand tons, which is 16.4% more than on the same date in 2021, and 2.7 times higher than on August 22, 2022. According to the agency, the catch this year may approach 600 thousand tons and become the second result after the record 2018, when 676 thousand tons of red fish were produced in the Russian Federation.
In 2022, 272 thousand tons of salmon were caught in the Russian Federation against 539 thousand tons in 2021, 299.2 thousand tons in 2020, 498 thousand tons in 2019.