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JUNEAU - The export value of Alaska salmon increased by an estimated $134 million for the first five months of the 1999 sales season, according to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
Sales figures indicate that the July-through-November export value for Alaska salmon was $390 million. That's a gain of 52 percent over the same period of 1998, ASMI said.
Alaska supplies 80 percent of the world's sockeye, making that the financial cornerstone of the state's salmon exports.
The export volume of canned and frozen sockeye doubled and its value increased by $114 million in the first five months of the 1999 sales season, ASMI said.
The export value of pink salmon was down about 2 percent, due primarily to declines in fresh and frozen pinks. But a 46 percent increase in canned pink exports has made up most of that difference, ASMI said.