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CHICAGO COLD-STORAGE HOLDINGS OF OCTOBER 26 SHOW SLIGHT DECREASE
Cold-storage holdings in Chicago on October 26, although I percent less than those of September 28, were 44 percent greater than on October 28, 1943, according to the Service's Market News office in Chicago. While sablefish and salmon showed a fairly high percentage increase over September 28, the gain in actual poundage was not great.
It is reported that the fish sales campaign conducted in this area by the War Food Administration with help of the local fishery industry and the Fish and Wildlife Service was responsible to some degree in reducing the stocks in the local freezers, for while the official date for the opening of the campaign was not until October 30, there was considerable activity on the part of all connected with the work prior to that date, and movement of stocks from the freezers was reported during the last week in October.
CANADIAN HOLDINGS ON NOVEMBER 1 16 PERCENT GREATER THAN THOSE OF ONE YEAR EARLIER
Holdings of frozen fresh fish in Canadian cold-storage plants on November 1 totaled 42,012,000 pounds, representing an increase of 16 percent over the stocks of fishery products on November 1, 1943, according to data furnished by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. All important items were held in greater quantity than a year previous.
Freezings of fresh fish in Canadian cold-storage plants totaled 8,085,000 pounds during October, a decrease of 13 percent from September and 17 percent below October 1943, according to data furnished by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. The main item frozen during the month was salmon, freezings of which totaled almost 32 million pounds. However, this was 26 percent less than the freezings of this item during October 1943.
Freezings of Fishery Products in Canadian Cold-storage Plants
October October compared with September October 1944 Sept. 1944 Oct. 1943 1944
Percent Percent Pounds Pounds 8,085,000 - 13
- 17 9,261,000 9,711,000
Frozen fresh fish To tal freezings
Processors' ceiling prices on frozen Alaskan halibut sold to the Armed Forces in Seattle have been increased by about 2 cents a pound, the Office of Price Administration announced November 25. Previously, the ceiling prices on these sales were the same as those to civilian buyers.
This action will mean thạt all processor sales of halibut to the Government in Seattle will be at one price--the base price for halibut landed and frozen at Seattle. This price is 21-3/4 cents per pound for medium dressed halibut, and 20-1/4 cents per pound for all other dressed halibut. OPA said this increase was necessary to assure adequate supplies of this fish for the Armed Services. The advance in price covers the cost of repacking frozen Alaskan halibut according to Army specifications.
The pricing agency said that the increase in price will cover, on an over-all basis, any additional cost which Seattle dealers will incur in selling Seattle and Alaskan halibut to government agencies.
Amdt. 25 to MPR-364--Frozen Fish and Seafood--became effective November 25, 1944. cerpts follow:
Section 2 is amended by adding the following paragraph (f):
(fi Processors' sales of frozen halibut to Government Agencies. The maximum price for sales of frozen halibut
f. o. b. Seattle to any government agency
price applies only where frozen halibut is packed according to specifications of the buying government agency. No transportation, container or other charge may be added to this maximum price.
Canned and Cured Fish Trade
FINAL ALASKA SALMON PACK TOTALS 4,856,330 CASES
Preliminary totals from Alaska salmon canners gave a final figure of 4,856,330 standard cases for the Territory's 1944 operations, according to the Division of Alaska Fisheries of the Fish and Wildlife Service. The final report covered fishing seasons extending from May l through September 30.
The 1944 total was a drop of 10 percent from 1943 and was 12 percent below the average of the previous five years.
TUNA AND MACKEREL TEN-MONTH PACKS SHOW LARGE INCREASES OVER 1943
The pack of tuna by California canners during October increased 31 percent over October 1943, totaling 249,890 standard cases compared with 191,194 cases canned in the earlier period, according to the California Division of Fish and Game. The main items canned were tuna flakes, albacore, and yellowfin tuna. For the first ten months of 1944 the total pack amounted to 2,558,696 cases, exceeding that of the corresponding period in 1943 by 23 percent.
The October pack of 254,170 cases of mackerel, although 11 percent under September, was 59 percent more than the 160,095 cases canned in October 1943. The 1944 ten-month pack amounted to 645,320 standard cases--57 percent greater than the number canned in the corresponding period in 1943.
California Pack of Tuna and Mackerel-Standard Cases
Ten mos. ending with OctoberItem
384,294 442,093 Bonito
34.821 Bluef in
366,031 138,394 Striped
291,301 313,305 Yellowf in
712,859 486,911 Tonno style
17.404 Total 249.890 353,116 191,194
2,558,696 2,084,622 Mackerel
645.320 411,769 *Standard cases of tuna represent cases of 48 7-ounce cans, while those of mackerel represent cases of
48 l-pound cans.
INCREASED PILCHARD PACK FOLLOWS RISE IN CATCH
The sudden spurt in landings of California sardipes in October (p. 10, this issue) resulted in the largest monthly pack of the season, which began August 1, according to reports of the California Sardine Products Institute and the California Division of Fish and Game. The season's pack, which had previously trailed that of the previous year by a sizable margin, rose 981,904 standard cases during the month, reaching a total of 1,659,231 cases, an increase of 226.000 cases over the comparable period in 1943.
California Sardine Landings, Canned Pack and Byproducts
1944 19:44 1943 1944-45 1943-44
Oct, 1-28 Aug. 27-Sept.30 Oct.3-30 Aug.1-Oct. 28 Aug. 1-Oct. 30 Tons
191,907 89,030 67,212 319,440 245,958 1 lb.ovals-48 per case 402,237 190,653 197,320 705,335 642,972 lb, talls-48 per case 541,016 224,345 356,893
865,585 695,746 16, fillet-48 per case
11,435 1b.round-96 per case
55,064 5 oz.-100 per case
6,996 Unclassified 30,089 15,325
61,180 28.759 TOTAL, Std. 1 lb.-48
981,904 440,304 576,582 1,659,231 1,432,812 per case
October September October Aug. 1-Oct.31 Aug. 1-Oct. 31 Tons 29,824 12,521 11,793 62,182
7,056,067 3,420,356 2,065,882 13,211,907 9,926,380
OCTOBER -SHRIMP PACK EXCEEDS OCTOBER 1943 BY 25,500 CASES
Packing 115,623 standard cases of shrimp from October 1 to October 28, the canners in the South Atlantic and Gulf areas who operate under the Sea Food Inspection Service of the Food and Drug Administration, surpassed by 25,511 cases the October 1943 pack, according to the Service's Market News office in New Orleans, The season's pack from July 1 through the end of October (302,816 cases), was but 15,353 cases in arrears of the 1943 pack for the same period. Both packs were considerably behind those of other recent years, however, as the average for the five seasons ending June 30, 1944, was 486,693 cases.
Wet and Dry Pack Shrimp in all Sizes in Tin and Glass--Standard Cases*
S E AS ON
1 9 4 3
5-yr.-average Oct. 1-Oct.28 Aug. 26-Sept.30 Oct. 3-Oct.31 July 1-Oct.28 July 1-Oct.31 July 1-Oct.31 115,623 126,203 90,012 302,816
*All figures on basis of new standard case per can in the dry pack.
48 No. I cans with 7 oz. per can in the wet pack and 6 oz.
Maximum wholesale prices for canned shrimp used as the basis of quotations by Gulf Coast packers during October are reproduced in the following table. These are for plain No. 1 standard tins 1.0.6. point of production.
Canned Shrimp Prices--Per Dozen Tins
Nov. 1, 1944 Nov. 1, 1943 WET PACK DRY PACK WET PACK DRY PACK
VET PACK DRY PACK WET PACK DRY PACK $2.45 Broken
$3.05 $3.15 $2.95 $3.05 Small 2.70 2.70 Jumbo
REGULATION GOVERNING FILL OF OYSTER CONTAINERS ISSUED
The Federal Food and Drug Administration of the Federal Security Agency on November 18 issued a regulation establishing standards of file for containers for canned oysters.
The regulation as issued is unchanged from that published in the July Fishery Market News.
POINT VALUES FOR CANNED FISH
Present point values for rationed canned fish will continue unchanged when the new ration period begins Sunday, December 3, 1944, the OPA announced on November 30.
The December ration period is a four-week period starting December 3 and ending December 30. Point values in effect are as follows:
The textile bag order, M-221, has been amended to prohibit the use of new textile bags for packing Pish meal, fish scrap or tankage, and meat scrap, the WPB said November 20.
Foreign Fishery Trade
WHITEFISH INSPECTION IN CANADA BEGUN IN NOVEMBER
Government inspection of Prairie Province whitefish began in mid-November, according to the November Fisheries News Bulletin, published by the Canadian Department of Fisheries.
Operating under the Fish Inspection Act, the Canadian Federal Government inspects every container of Prairie Province whitefish and marks it with an inspection certificate or iden