The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has an interesting analysis on its website looking at the "salmon value chain."
That is, who receives what share of the ultimate (retail) value of a fish.
One example is a typical 6.5-pound Bristol Bay sockeye delivered chilled to a processor for fillet production.
For the 2011 season, it broke down this way:
• Fisherman, $8.45 or 29 percent of retail value
• Processor, $10.53 or 36 percent of retail value
• Distributor, $2.42 or 8 percent of retail value
• Retailer, $7.94 or 27 percent of retail value
The analysis offers similar breakdowns for troll-caught Chinook salmon and seine-caught canned pink salmon.
An ASMI contractor, the McDowell Group, did the analysis as part of the April edition of the Seafood Market Bulletin.