Fish Factor: Copper River 'first of the season' opener for reds, kings on Monday
May 13, 2021
Alaska’s 2021 salmon season officially starts on Monday with a 12-hour opener for reds and kings at the Copper River.
All eyes will be on early Cordova dock prices for Alaska’s famous “first fresh salmon of the season” as an indicator of wild
salmon markets. COVID-forced closures of high-end restaurants and seafood outlets last year crushed opening prices to $3 per
pound for sockeyes and $6.50 for kings, down from $10 and $14, respectively, the previous year.
But early signs are looking good this year.
Heading into Mother’s Day on Sunday, demand for seafood was “fanatic,” Mi...