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JULY RECEIPTS IN CHICAGO DOWN 41 PERCENT FROM 1943

Receipts of fresh and frozen fishery products in the Chicago wholesale market during July were 41 percent less than those for July 1943, according to the Services Market News office in that city. This reduction, added to declines in earlier months, made the 1944 total for the period from January through July, 19 percent less than the corresponding period in 1943. Although fresh-water fish supplies dropped 21 percent in July compared with July 1943, the total for this classification showed little change for the seven-month period. Receipts of salt-water fish and shellfish, etc., on the other hand, showed declines of 62 percent and 43 percent, respectively, from January-July 1943. By species, halibut and shrimp arrivals decreased most in the 1944 seven-month period. The only important items showing gains were blue pike, whitefish, lake, trout, and suckers.

Compared with June, arrivals fell 28 percent, reductions in all important items except carp, yellow perch, and halibut contributing to the decline.

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Classification: Fresh-water Fish Salt-water fish Shellfish, etc.

Total receipts

Important Items:
Blue pike
Carp
Lake herring
Lake trout
Suckers
Whitefish
Yollow perch
Yellow pike
Halibut
Rosefish fillets
Shrimp

Leading Sources:
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Wisconsin
British Columbia

Domestic to tal
Imported to tal

Transported by:
Truck
Express
Freight

1,932,000 1,694,000 1,691,000 4,514,000 1,538,000 4,292,000

992,000 2,138,000 2,466,000 1,232,000 1,774,000

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1,667,000 4,419,000 4,100,000 7,002,000 2,902,000 4,671,000 2,079,000 2,733,000 11,436,000 2,689,000 8,793,000

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RECEIPTS OF FRESH AND FROZEN FISH AT SEATTLE DECLINE DURING JULY

Seattle's receipts of fresh and frozen fish and shellfish during July declined 13 percent from June, according to the Service's local Market News office.

Sharp reductions in receipts of lingcod, rockfish, salmon, sole, and oysters were the principal reasons for the decrease, Otter-trawl operations, in particular, provided less production of fish, due to the demand for livers and the lack of storage and freezing facilities,

One of the largest halibut producing regions, Area II, was closed to halibut fishing on July 9, consequently there was the normal concentration of the local area fleet on the sablefish grounds. During July, receipts of sablefish were almost 6 times those in June,

Seattle's receipts for the first 7 months of 1944 were 18 percent less than those received during the same period in 1943, with a general decline of all loading species except tuna and oysters,

7 mos.

12 months Jan. -Dec.

1943 Pounds 82,471,000

Receipts of fresh and Frozen Fishery Products at Seattle*
July 1944

Compared with
Item

July
compared with

Jan. -July

7 months 1944 June 1944 July 1945

1944

1943 Classification: Pounds Percent Percent Pounds

Percent To tal fish and shellfish 8,270,000 - 13 $ 1 39,020,000

18 Important Items: Halibut

4,366,000

+ 45 11,709,000 Lingcod

645,000 47

36 4,381,000 Rockfish 435,000

2,655,000 Sablefish 541,000 + 464 + 38

1,503,000

- 23 Salmon

576,000

- 63 4,819,000 • 22 Sole

315,000

- 71 4,614,000 . 10 Tuna

30,000

+500

30,000 +500 Oysters

45.000 71 68 1,573,000 "Halibut and shark fleets and receipts from local and all other sources.

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24,384,000 6,942,000 4,506,000 5,046,000 16,895,000 10,093,000

783,000 2,522,000

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REGIONAL OPA SETS ADDITIONAL FISH PRICES FOR SAN FRANCISCO TRADE

Establishing ceiling prices of certain fresh fish and seafood not previously covered by MPR-507, the Regional office of the OPA in San Francisco on August 27 issued Amdt. 2 to Order G-l under that regulation. Excerpts follow:

(a) The following table is added to section (a):

Whole Fish Sold on Gross Weight and Prepared to the Customer's Order

I and II I tem

(Cents per lb.)

7 Squid ...

7 Queenfish ....

7 Kingfish

7 Harring.

7. White bait

7 Rex sole for localities except San Francisco)

7 Rex sole (San Francisco)

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(b) This amendment shall become effective August 27, 1944.

Frozen Fish Trade

DOMESTIC FISH FREEZING IN JULY COMPARATIVELY HIGH

Fishery products totaling 38,909,000 pounds, were frozen by domestic freezers in July, according to Current Fishery Statistics No. 140, published by the Fish and Wildlife Service, This was an increase of 12 percent over June and 13 percent above July 1943. Items frozen in greatest quantities were halibut, mackerel, whiting, and rosefish fillets.

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Freezings of Fishery Products in United States Cold-storage Plants

July compared with Item

July

Juns
July 5-year Juns

July

5-year 1944 1944 1943 everage 1944

1943

average * Pounds Percent Percent Peroent Pounds Pounds

Pounds Fish and shellfish: Total freezing

38,909,000 + 12 + 13 + 29 34,849,000 34,438,000 30,251,000 Important Items: Croakers 451,000 28 · 28

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624,000 629,000 950,000 Fillets: Cod 3,240,000 + 91

1,693,000 763,000 702,000 Haddock 1,819.000 + 4 +1

23 1,742,000 773,000 2,353,000 Rosefish 4,287,000 op 15

+ 37 3,731,000 3,356,000 3,370,000 Flounders

832.000 + 13 - 39 +63 739,000 1,353,000 511,000 Halibut

5,610,000

+160 +136 7,922,000 2,161,000 2,374,000 Mackerel

5,222,000

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3,975,000 4,093, 000 2,606,000 Sablefish (black cod)

1.383.000 +632

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189.000 866.000 530.000 Salmon 1.850.000 +118

848,000 :33

2,474,000 2,004,000 Scup 676,000

+ 51 483,000 949,000 449.000 Waiting

4,623,000

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3,680,000 8,769,000

7,884,000 Shrimp

475.00054

17 + 2 1.041.000 575.000 467.000 *Since the date for reporting freezings of fishery products was changed from the 15th to the first of the month beginning January 1, 1943, data included in the 5-year average" consist of a combination of figures for the two periods.

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U. S. FROZEN FISH STOCKS ON AUGUST 1 23 PERCENT ABOVE JULY 1

Holdings of fishery products in United States and Alaska cold-storage warehouses on August 1, amounting to 109,089,000 pounds, were 23 percent above those on July 1, and 45 percent more than August 1, 1943, according to the Service's Current Fishery Statistics No. 140. The five leading items--halibut, mackerel, cod fillets, whiting, and haddock fillets--composing 41 percent of the total, were all held in greater quantity than on July 1. of these items, only whiting holdings were below those for the same date the previous year. Largest percentage increases from 1943 were shown by fresh-water items. Lake trout and

, lake herring stocks were about 8 times those of a year earlier, while whitefish stocks had more than doubled. Largest increases in poundage held were recorded for cod fillets, which gained 6,417,000 pounds, and mackerel, which advanced 4,205,000 pounds.

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Holdings of Fishery Products in the United States

August 1 compared with Item

August 1, July 1, Aug.l, 5-year July 1, August 1, 5-year 1944 1944.

1943 average 1944 1943 average

Pounds Percent Percent Percent Pounds Pounds Pounds Frozen fish and shellfish: Total holdings

109,089,000 + 23

+ 45 + 31 88,842,000 75,438,000 83,130,000 Important Itong: Croakers

2,351,000 + 11

- 24 2,127,000 2,360,000 3,109,000 Fillets: Cod

7,982,000 + 16 +410 +230 6,871,000 1,565,000 2,417,000 Haddock

4,991,000 + 25 +236 • 20 4,001,000 1,485,000 6,253,000 Rosefish

3,444,000 + 22

+ 55 4 2,824,000 2,221,000 3,570,000 Tlounders

2,356,000 + 2

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1,942,000 2,208,000 1,346,000 Halibut

14,530,000 + 57 + 31 + 13 9,271,000 11,124,000 12,845,000 Herring, sea

2,283,000 14

- 33 + 38 2,662,000 3,404,000 1,659,000 Mackerel

11,051,000

+ 31
+ 61

+79 8,414,000 6,846,000 6,163,000 Sablefish

2,348,000 + 85

+106 1,267,000 1,334,000 1,140,000 Salmon

4,478,000 +132 + 23 + 11 1,934,000 3,651,000 4,044,000 Scup

2,047,000 + 23

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1,661,000 2,686,000 1,476,000 hiting

6,643,000 + 44 . 26

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4,628,000 8,949,000 11,085,000 Lake herring

2,192,000

+677 +142 2,190,000 282,000 907,000 Lako trout

1,045,000 + 14

+240 919,000 135,000 307,000 Whitelish

2,039,000

+157 + SA

1,958,000 794,000 1,240,000 Shrimp

1,563,000 - 17 - 20 . 28 1,878,000 1,958,000 2,169,000 Cured fish: Herring, cured

19,239,000 + 2

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2 18,880,000 19,887,000 19,626,000 Salmon, bild-cured

1,322,000 +165 14 77 499,000 1,530,000 5.703,000 Since the date for reporting holdings of fishery products was changed from the 15th to the first of the month beginning Jamiary 1, 1943, data included in the "5-year average" consist of a combination of fig

ures for the two periods, "A decrease, or increase, of less than one-half percent.

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BOSTON HOLDINGS SHOW LARGE INCREASES ON JULY 26

Cold-storage holdings of fish in Boston maintained a steady growth throughout the four weeks ending July 26, according to the Service's local Market News office. The total poundage showed an increase of 19 percent over June 28, and 62 percent over the holdings of July 28, 1943.

The steady increase in holdings has been expected because during summer months, frozen fish stocks are normally built up. Heavy yields are common during the hot months when high temperatures reduce the safe marketing range of perishable food products. The se factors, plus unusually large stocks at the beginning of the summer, have caused holdings to approach maximum capacities,

Cod and mackerel fillet holdings showed the greatest increase s among filleted items. Cod fillets with skins on, mackerel and red bake fillets--all slow moving items--made up a large part of the holdings. Flounder and haddock fillets held firm, gaining only 5 and 1 percent, respectively. Pollock fillets continued to move out as did smelt, shrimp, and other non-seasonal varieties,

Production of mackerel, seasonally ahead of 1943, contributed to the accelerated storage of products. Rosefish fillets were reinstated as an important item as holdings steadily advanced. Scallops continue to flow into storage though scarce on the fresh market,

Whiting holdings in the New England area showed 4,871,000 pounds in storage on July 29,

This as compared to 2,934,000 pounds on July 1, and 4,684,000 pounds on July 31, 1943. represented gains of 66 and 4 percent, respectively.

Item

Boston Cold-storage Holdings
July 26, July 26 compared with

1944 June 28,1944 July 28, 1943
Pounds Percent Percent
16,243,000 +19

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Total fish and shellfish

Important Itens: Fillets:

Cod Flounder Haddock Mackerel Pollock

Rosefish Mackerel Smelt Scallops Shrimp

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Stocks of fishery products in New York City cold-storage plants on August 1, were 67 percent over those held on the same date last year, and 32 percent greater than on July 1 according to the Service's Market News office in New York. Again the largest increase from the first of the previous month was reported as "unclassified." This item rose 1,277,000 pounds, or 14 percent of the total gain. It has not yet been possible to obtain more details on the species making up this category. Cod, flounder, and haddock fillets accounted for another 8 percent, while halibut, mackerel, salmon, and scallops composed the greater part of the remaining percentage. One cause of the material increase in stocks may be found in the receipts of frozen fish and shellfish which, in July, amounted to almost 1 million pounds more than during June. Temperatures in July averaged 77.20 which increased the risk in holding over fresh fish, and also affected the demand. It has been established that the demand for fishery products decreases as the temperature increases.

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The 7,279,000 pounds of fishery products held in Chicago's cold-storage warehouses on July 27 were 100 percent larger than those of July 29, 1943, according to the Service's Market News office in Chicago. Much larger stocks of all major species except halibut,

whiting, and shrimp composed the difference, Whitefish, cod fillets, and blue pike and sauger, the three leading items, showed the largest increases in stocks held.

Compared with June 29, holdings decreased 4 percent. Most items registered only minor over-all change between the two dates, Considerable quantities of blue pike or sauger were removed, however, and holdings of halibut, chubs, and whiting were enlarged.

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NEARLY 33 MILLION POUNDS OF FROZEN FISH IN CANADIAN PLANTS ON AUGUST 1

There were 32,856,000 pounds of frozen fresh fish in Canadian cold-storage plants on August 1, representing a 24 percent rise from July 1 and an 8 percent gain from August 1, 1943, according to information furnished by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. Stocks of halibut, sea herring, and cod, the most important items from a poundage standpoint, totaled 21;773,000 pounds or about 66 percent of the total holdings,

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JULY FISH FREEZINGS BY CANADIAN PLANTS ONE-THIRD GREATER THAN JUNE

A total of 19,526,000 pounds of fishery products were frozen in Canadian freezers in July, according to data released by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. This was 33 percent above the June total, and 36 percent more than July 1943. The chief items frozen were cod fillets, sea herring, and halibut.

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