Monday, April 1, 2013

How much would you pay for pollock?

On a recent family visit in Tennessee, I took a minute to check out some prices in a newspaper circular from Food Lion, a supermarket chain.

Pork tenderloin, $3.99 a pound
Semi-boneless lamb leg, $5.99 a pound
Pollock fillet, $5.99 a pound
Porterhouse or T-bone steak, $7.99 a pound
Sockeye salmon, $8.99 a pound

The ad didn't say if the pollock was fresh or frozen.

Regardless, Deckboss was surprised to see pollock commanding such a hefty price!


Anonymous said...

East coast pollock?

Anonymous said...

Western Alaska owns millions and millions of dollars worth of the Pollock Fishery thanks to the CDQ program.

No one pollock is given free to the stakeholders losing their Salmon Culture thanks very much to the Pollock Fishery.

Irony at it's finest.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I DOUBT that is actually sockeye at $8.99lb.

More likely chum or silver. What Tennessee bumpkin would know the difference?

Sockeye is all but unavailable right now. Cheap... no way.

C'mon Wes. Hittin' the moonshine down there?

Anonymous said...

I have followed the fish prices in the south-east for a dozen years. I don't doubt what wes reports at all. The consumer is informed by the sales person behind the counter, and the sales people I have spoken with are always glad to answer questions about their products and origins. They get their info from the sales manager, who in turn gets his info from the distributor. The consumer can ask all the right questions, but the bullshit info comes from the distributors, and the retailers don't know the difference.
I recently saw steaks being cut from a large, thawed,H&G watermarked dog being sold for 18.99/lb at an upscale deli. Proudly offered as a "wild alaskan salmon" The Dept of Agriculture has had truth in labeling laws for meat for many years. Fish are exempt. this need to change.

Anonymous said...

Just like when I caught the wild salmon market at Fishermen's Terminal selling Copper River Keta Salmon for $12. lb. I personally rubbed the sign off the board! No such animal I told them, 'bout got into a whooppin' the landlubber slapdown over that one.

Bullshitters can ruin market advances faster than you can build them.

Anonymous said...

Pollock Providing
Economic benefits
To Western AK

Anonymous said...

5.99 a lb? And we get 13 cents dockside? Talk about sand in the vasline...

Anonymous said...

And how much would you pay for a grocery chain?

Buy Low, sell High, with low priced Wild Salmon Lox, at $9.99, from another fish hatchery near you.

Did you see the polish submarine with a screen door?
Don't laugh, it keeps the fish out.

Anonymous said...

The Pollock Provides

Welfare-like benefits

To their Stakeholder

Villages in Western Alaska

While the Stakeholders

Cry for Economic Development

So They Can Work to

Feed their Families

With Pride

Anonymous said...

Regular paying jobs are most often where there is a concentration of people.

If you choose to live in villages, job opportunities are greatly diminished. Fact of life.

Other people are not responsible to find you work. You live by your choices.

Living in the "bush" is difficult and comes with few guarantees.

Life is harder without the amenities that civilization centers offer, but in other ways it is more rewarding and real.

Anonymous said...

Fisheries related economic development is the promise of the CDQ program.

The people of Western Alaska are traditionally hunters and fishers. Economic development centered around their strengths would give them the opportunity to survive in their harsh environment.

The CDQ managers are managing primarily for themselves, their friends, relatives, and their buddies. There is no justice in this farce.

According to a CDQs community benefits share program, a village man is worth more than one living in a Hub town such as Nome. For a village of 300 people, their hand-out share of $200,000 a year equals $667 per man, whereas a town of 3,000 people is only worth $67 per man.

What is the message here?

Stay Down Village Man

We'll Pay You More

Stay Down Village Man