Banner Bay Area salmon season reels in price

The Marin Independent Journal is reporting that so many salmon are being hooked along the Northern California coast that the price of fresh, wild king salmon is plunging, at least for commercial fishermen who are on strike for a better deal.

Whole fresh salmon sells for just $2.75 to $3.25 a pound wholesale, from the boat to the processor — half the price commercial fishermen got before the San Francisco fleet started loading up with big catches several weeks ago.

"We can't afford to fish for three bucks," said Larry Collins, head of the San Francisco Community Fishing Association, a 14-boat cooperative.

At the rate some markets are charging for fish, Diane Lopez of Novato walked off the New Rayann the other day with a limit of two 20-pound-plus king salmon valued at roughly $250 each when carved into filets. "Fishing is awesome," she said. "I've never seen it like this."

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