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UNUSUALLY HEAVY RECEIPTS CROWD NEW YORK MARKET IN APRIL

Receipts of fresh and frozen fishery products in New York's salt-water market in April showed an increase of 23 percent compared with March and exceeded April 1943 by ll percent, according to the Service's New York Market News office.

Although the increase for the whole month was 23 percent over March, 61 percent of the total was received during the last two weeks; and the combination of heavy receipts and a lack of adequate freezer facilities created a glut condition, resulting in a very weak market during the latter half of the month. Cod and haddock showed increases over March, but large quantities had to be carried over from day to day and finally disposed of at prices far below the "ceilings." Blackback receipts were heavy, but because of the availability of groundfish, they failed to find their usually ready market among the fillet dealers.

Mackerel, as the accompanying table shows, were received in much greater volume than during either March 1944 or April 1943. Approximately 90 percent of the total was received during the last two weeks, and during this period, the market weakened greatly, dropping from a range of 25 to 30 cents per pound during the first two weeks, to a low of 6 cents per pound at the end of the month.

Shad receipts were considerably greater than in April 1943. Catch restrictions which were removed toward the end of the season last year by the States of New York and New Jersey were this year removed for the entire season, and this contributed to heavy production in the Hudson River. Receipts from Delaware Bay were heavier than any other year since the establishment of the New York office. Shipments were received from some points from which shad had never been received prior to this season. One distributor received a shipment of shad from a dealer who for many years past had been the recipient of carloads of shad, completely reversing the usual procedure. Receipts of shad comprised approximately 15 percent of the total fresh fish receipts, and more than 75 percent of the shad were received during the last two weeks of the month. Prices were fairly firm until after the middle of the month, when greatly increased receipts suddenly forced the price downward.

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Receipts of fresh and Frozen Fishery Products--Salt-water Market, New York City

April compared with

March

April Item

1944
March 1944 April 1945

1944

1943 Classification: Pounds Percent Percent

Pounds Pounds Fish

19,023,000 + 33

+ 16

14,265,000 16,400,000 Shellfish, etc.

5,213,000

- 4
- 5

5,454,000 5,474,000 Total receipts 24,236,000 + 23 + 11

19,719,000 21,874,000 Important Items: Cod 2,748,000

2,526,000 2,634,000 Flounders: Blackbacks 1,485,000

928,000 1,618,000 Yellowtails 1,709,000

2,095,000 1,888,000 Fluke 382,000

715,000 103,000 Haddock 1,809,000

1,539,000 2,142,000 Mackerel 1,307,000

202,000 618,000 Ocean pout

99,000

339,000 288,000 Scup (porgy) 1,022,000

750,000 616,000 Shad 2,667,000

275,000 2,004,000 Waiting 428,000

478,000 1,103,000 Clams, hard 2,285,000

2,358,000 2,149,000 Lobsters, live 469,000

373,000 359,000 Oysters, shell 1,247,000

1,579,000 1,319,000 Oysters, shucked 166,000

223,000 136,000 Shrimp 444,000

305,000 606,000 Arrivals by: Fishing vessels (69 3,211,000

2,678,000 2,568,000 Truck, freight, and express 21,025,000

17,041, 000 19,306,000 *Excluding imports entered at New York City.

1,539,000

2,142,000

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SEATTLE RECEIPTS CONTINUE TO DECLINE THROUGH APRIL

Receipts of fresh and frozen fish and shellfish at Seattle during April were 10 percent less than in March and 32 percent less than April 1943, according to the Service's Seattle Market News office. The first four months of 1944 compared to 1943 dropped 4 percent.

Important in the decrease of receipts was the virtual absence of fresh halibut landings. During April 1943, landings of these fish had totaled nearly li million pounds. Halibut received in the area during the first four months of 1944 consisted chiefly of frozen stocks transported from Alaskan ports, whereas last year the heavier receipts were fairly evenly distributed between imports and coastwise and local receipts.

There was some improvement in the landings of bottom fish such as rockfish, sablefish and the various species of sole. However, the over-all 1944 production of bottom fish through April was far less than that produced in the same period in 1943.

Receipts of fresh and Frozen Fishery Products at Seattle

April 1944

4 mos. Compared with Iton

April
compared with

Jan-Apr 4 months
1944 Mer 1944 Apr, 1943 1944

1943 Classification:

Pounds Percent Percent Pounds Percent To tal fish and shellfish

2,774,000

-10

- 32 14,263,000

12 months Jan. -Dec.

1943

Pounds 78,261,000

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46,000

2,000 410,000

- 29

203,000 24,384,000 6,942,000

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- 13

1.506,000

Important Items: Flounder

295,000 Halibut

2,751,000 Lingcod

1,563,000 Rockfish

348,000

1,074,000 Sablefish 258,000

565,000 Salmon

279,000

2,674,000 Sole

652,000

1,388,000 Oysters, Pacific, shucked

23,000

1:28.000 Halibut and shark fleets and receipts from local and all other sources.

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PRODUCTION IN GULF HAMPERED BY INCLEMENT WEATHER

The inclement weather conditions which have hampered the shrimp industry this year, continued through April in the Gulf area, according to the Service's Market News office in New Orleans. Small craft warnings were displayed every few days throughout the month, and since the shrimp fleet is composed mostly of small boats, this has prohibited many boats from shrimping in the Gulf. Some have turned to crabbing, causing the crab production to rise rapidly. The eastern markets were active for part of the month with crabmeat. An influx of meat sent from this area exceeded fresh and frozen market demands, forcing diversion of quantities of meat to canning.

compared with 12 months 4 months Jan. -Dec. 1943

1943_ Percent

728

138,874 251,394 390,268

Production of Fishery Products in the Gulf States*
April 1944

4 months
Item
Unit April compared with

Jan.-Apr.
1944 Mar, 1944. Apr. 1943 1944

Percent Percent
Shrimp:
For canning

Bbls.
Other
6,868 - 4

37,025 Total

6,868
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37,753
Oysters:
For canning
84,618 - 30

307,041 Other 17,525

111,922 To tal 102,143

418,963 Hard crabs 607,050 + 74

1,351,158 Crab meat, fresh-cooked 67,372 +112

146,525 Salt-water fish

274,400 . 41 -41 1,655,451 Fresh-water fish 61,040 - 31

230,849 "Includes production in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. **43 barrels canned during April 1943.

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CORRECTION MADE TO AMENDMENT 30, MPR-418

Excerpts follow from a correction notice to Amendment 30 to MPR-418--Fresh Fish and Seafood--dated May 4:

1. The first sentence in Item I is corrected to read "1. That part of section 4 (b) preceding 4 (b) (1) is amended to read as follows:".

2. The first sentence in Item 2 is corrected to read "2. That part of section 4 (c) preceding 4 (c) (1) is amended to read as follows:".

3. Footnotes 15, 16, and 17 are corrected by deleting the "and" before the number "37" and by inserting the phrase "and 39" af ter the number "37".

OPA'S REGION VIII ISSUES PRICE CONTROLS ON LOCAL SPECIES

Controls to be placed May 27 over the wholesale prices of many species of Pacific Coast fish and shellfish were established May 18 in Order 4-6 under MPR-418--Fresh Fish and Seafood--by the OPA Regional Administrator in San Francisco. Excerpts follow:

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(a) Listed fresh fish and seafood items. The items covered by this order, hereafter referred to as "listed fresh fish and seafood items,” are: barracuda, California halibut, black sea-bass, white sea-bass (including Mexican sea-bass or totuava), rock bass (including cabrilla), live crab, cooked crab in shell, and crabmeat. This order shall apply to Region VIII of the Office of Price Administration.

(1) Sales by producers. The maximum prices for such sales of listed fresh fish and seafood items shall be as set forth in Table A of Appendix A.

(2) Sales by primary fish shipper wholesalers-(i) Undelivered. The maximum prices for such sales of listed fresh fish and seafood items shall be as set forth in Table B of Appendix A.

(ii) Delivered-(a) At ports of entry. The maximum prices for such sales of listed fresh fish and seafood items shall be as set forth in Table B of Appendix A.

(b) To localities other than ports of entry. The maximum prices for such sales of listed fresh fish and seafood items shall be the prices at the basing point port of entry specified in Table B of Appendix A for the particular "fresh fish and seafood item, plus freight to the purchaser's place of business. Where more than one basing point port of entry is specified for the same item the maximum price shall be the lowest amount resulting when prices are computed according to this method from each of such basing points. · (3) Sales by wholesalers other than primary fish shipper wholesalers to other wholesalers. The maximum prices for such sales of listed fresh fish and seafood items shall be the applicable prices as set forth in paragraph (a) (2) above plus one cent per pound.

(4) Sales by all other wholesalers except to other wholesalers-(i) Undelivered-(a) At ports of entry. The maximum prices for such sales of listed fresh fish and seafood items shall be as set forth in Table D of Appendix A.

(b) At localities other than ports of entry. The maximum prices for such sales of listed fresh fish and seafood items shall be the maximum prices at the basing point port of entry specified for the particular fresh fish or seafood item plus freight from the basing point port of entry to the wholesaler's place of business. Where more than onghas

ing point port of entry is specified, the maximum price shall be the lowest amount resulting when prices are computed according to this method from each of such basing point ports of entry.

(ii) Delivered-(a) Deliveries by common carrier. The maximum prices for such sales of listed fresh fish and seafood items shall be the applicable prices for undelivered sales as specified in subparagraph (4) (i) (a) or (4) (i) (b) above plus actual transpcrtation charges to the premises of the buyer.

(b) Deliveries by means other than common carrier. The maximum prices for such sales of listed fresh fish and seafood items shall be the applicable prices for undelivered sales as specified in subparagraph (4) (i) (a) or (4) (i) (b) above plus a transportation allowance calculated from the wholesaler's place of business as follows: Deliveries made:

Cents per pound Within the local delivery zone --- 0.01 Beyond the boundary of local deliv

ery zone but not exceeding 50 m iles ------------

.015 More than 50 but not exceeding 100 miles.

.0175 More than 100 but not exceeding

175 miles.------ -------------- .02 More than 175 miles.

0225 (5) Additions to maximum prices(i) Broken-lot charges. When wholesalers other than primary fish shipper wholesalers pack listed fresh fish or seafood items for shipment to retailers or purveyors of meals in amounts less than 75 pounds, consisting of at least two varieties, a charge of 1/2 cent per pound may be added to the maximum prices established under subparagraphs (3) and (4) above.

(ii) Container charges. When any seller buys listed fresh fish or seafood items in containers, he may add to the maximum prices established for his sales the amount of container charges paid by him, up to one and one-half cents per pound, except that when any seller packs or repacks listed fresh fish or seafood items in containers other than those in which the items were bought by him, he may add to the established maximum prices container charges, computed according to the following table:

- 1/2 The weight of the fish packed shall be multiplied by the cents allowance for the container in which the fish is packed, except that when the weight of the fish packed exceeds the weight specified for the particular container, the weight specified for the container shall be multiplied by the cents allowance. For any size container not listed in this section, the maximum charges shall be the charge established for the nearest size container listed. Any seller who processes listed fresh fish or seafood items which he purchased in containers may add to the established maximum prices amounts not to exceed three cents per pound which will enable him to recover the full amount of the container charge paid by him.

(b) Definitions. (1) Barracuda means all types of barracuda (Sphyraenidae) caught off the Pacific coast.

(2) California halibut means those species of the flounder family (Paralichthys californicus) caught off the Pacific Coast including what is commonly called bastard halibut, southern halibut, alabato.

(3) Black sea-bass means those fish caught off the Pacific Coast belonging to the sea-bass family (Serranidae) commonly known as jewfish or giant bass.

(4) White sea-bass means those fish caught off the Pacific Coast of the species Cynoscion nobilis and including those commonly known as Mexican seabass, corbina, or totuava (totoaba).

95) Rock bass means those fish caught off the Pacific Coast belonging to the family Serranidae and commonly known as rock bass, kelp bass, sand bass, cabrilla, and johnny verde.

(6) Crab means all crab caught off the Pacific Coast.

(7) Local delivery zone for any wholesaler means that area contained within the city limits of the locality where the wholesaler's place of business is located, except that:

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(1) The Portland, Oregon, local delivery zone shall include the area within the 'city limits of Portland, North Portland, and Faloma, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington.

(ii) The Oakland, California, local delivery zone shall include the cities of Oak. land, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Albany, California.

(iii) The Los Angeles, California, local delivery zone shall be that area within a radius of twenty miles from the Los Angeles City Hall, plus that portion of the City of Los Angeles outside such area, except that area included within the San Pedro local delivery zone.

(iv) The San Pedro, California, local delivery zone shall be that area within

Los Angeles County south of Roosevelt Highway and the southern boundary of Redondo Beach.

18) A port of entry shall mean any pace at which fish are landed by fisherwien, except that in the case of imported fish a port of entry shall mean the place at which the fish enter the United States.

(9) Freight means cost of transportation by the cheapest available method of transportation, not to exceed, however, the lowest available common carrier rate. Freight charges may include the actual cost of refrigeration and other protective services, but not local cartage or unloading. The transportation tax imposed by section 620 of the Revenue Act of 1942 may be added.

(10) Producer shall mean any person. as defined in section 18 of Article III of Maximum Price Regulation No. 418, as amended, except that in the case of imported fish, the importer or the agent of any foreign seller shall be considered to be a producer.

(11) Delivered means physical transportation of any listed fresh fish and seafood item to the premises of the buyer, except in the case of shipment by rail.

(12) Undelivered means any sale other than a delivered sale.

(13) Region VIII of the Office of Price. Administration means the States of California, Washington, Nevada, Oregon, except Malheur County, and Arizona, except those portions of Coconino County and Mohave County lying north of the Colorado River, and the following Counties in the State of Idaho: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone.

(14) All other terms used in this order shall have the same meaning as set forth

in Maximum Price Regulation No. 418 · as amended, unless the context clearly otherwise requires.

(c) General provisions. The provisions of Maximum Price Regulation No. 418, as amended, contained in section 9 (Sales to Government agencies), section 12 (Relation to other regulations), Article II (Record keeping and enforcement), Article III (Miscellaneous provisions), apply to this order, to the extent that they are applicable.

(d). This order may be revoked amended, or corrected at any time.

This order shall become effective May 27, 1944.

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Maximum prices at all other ports of entry shall be the maximum prices established for the nearest port of entry listed.

3 Basing points for table B: (a) For sales of harracuda and California halibut. San Diego and San Pedro shall be basing points for all localities in Region VIII, except that Santa Barbara shall be a basing point for localities in the counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo and Ventura in the State of California. (b) For sales of rock bass, San Diego and San Pedro shall be basing points for all localities in Region VIII, except that Santa Barbara shall be a basing point for localities in the counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura in the State of California, and Nogales shall be a basing point for localities in the State of Arizona. (c) For sales of black sea-bass, San Diego and San Pedro shall be basing points for all localities in Region VIII, except Arizona, and Nogales shall be a basing point for localities in the State of Arizona. (d) For sales of white sea-bass, San Diego and San Pedro and Monterey shall be basing points for localities within Region VIII, except that Santa Barbara shall be a basing point for localities within the counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura in the State of California, Nogales sball be a basing point for localities within the State of Arizona.

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: Maximum prices at all other ports of entry shall be the maximum prices established for the nearest port of entry listed.

3 Basing points for table D: (a) For sales of barraouda and California halibut, San Diego and San Pedro shall be basing points for all localities in Region VIII, except that Santa Barbara shall be a basing point for localities in the counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo and Ventura in the State of California. (b) For sales of rock bass, San Diego and San Pedro shall be basing points for all localities in Region VIII, except that Santa Barbara shall be a basing point for localities in the counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura in the State of California, and Nogales shall be a basing point for localities in the State of Arizona. (c) For sales of black sea-bass, San Diego and San Pedro shall be basing points for all localities in Region VIII, except Arizona, and Nogales shall be a basing point for localities in tho State of Arizona. (d) For sales of white sea-bass, San Diego and San Pedro &

or white sea-bass, San Diego and San Pedro and Monterey shall be basing points for localities in Region VIII, except that Santa Barbara shall be a basing point for localities within the counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura in the State of California, Nogales shall be a basing point for localities within the State of Arizona.

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Crescent City, Calif...

$0.10 all months
Eureka, Calif...

. 105 all months San Francisco, C

. 12 all months Bodega Bay, Calif.

.11 all months Monterey, Calif...

.11 all months Half Moon Bay, Calif..

.11 all months Point Reyes, Calif...

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. 1425 all months Half Moon Bay, Calif.

1425 all months Point Reyes, Calif.........

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: Maximum prices at all other ports of entry shall be the maximum prices established for the nearest port of entry listed. : Except Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.

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1 Prices in cents per pound unless otherwise indicated.

Maximum prices at all other ports shall be the maximum prices established for the nearest port of entry listed. * Except Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. NOTE: Basing points for Table B: (a) For sales of live crab and cooked crab in shell, Seattle shall be the basing point for localities in the State of Washington, except Klickitat, Wahkiakum, Skamania, and

Cowlitz counties: all ports of cntry in Oregon shall be basing points for localities in the State of Oregon west of the summit of the Coast Range: Portland shall be a hasing point for localities in the State of Oregon east of the summit of the Coast Range and for localities in Klickitat, Wahkiakum, Skamania, and Cowlitz counties; Eureka

and San Francisco shall be basing points for localities in California, Nevada, and Arizona. (6) For sales of crabmeat, Seattle, Portland, and Eureka shall be basing points for all localities in Region VIII.

TABLE D-MAXIMUS PRICES FOR SALES OF LISTED FRESH FISH AND SEAFOOD BY WHOLESALERS OTHER THAN PRIMARY FISH SHIPPER WHOLESALERS I

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1 Prices in cents per pound unless otherwise indicated.
; Maximum prices at all other ports shall be the maximum prices established for the nearest port of entry listed.
• Except Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
NOTE: Basing points for Table D.

(a) For sales of live crab and cooked crab in shell, Seattle shall be the basing point for localities in the State of Washington, except for Klickitat, Wahkiakum, Skamania, and Cowlitz counties; all ports of entry in Oregon shall be basing points for localities in the State of Oregon west of the summit of the Odast Range; Portland shall be a basing point for localities in the State of Oregon east of the summit of the Coast Range and for localities in Klickitat, Wabbiakum, Skamania, and Cowlitz counties; Eureka and San Francisco shall be basing points for localities in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

(b) For sale of crabmeat, Seattle, Portland, and Eureka shall be basing points for all localities in Region VIII.

AMENDMENT 4 TO MPR-507 EFFECTIVE MAY 25

The mark-ups to be used by retailers in determining their ceiling prices on North Atlantic and Pacific fresh fish and seafood items are being lowered by an average of 1 cent per pound on many species, the OPA announced May 14. This action, effective May 25, 1944, follows the seasonal reduction of wholesale ceiling prices on these items, and will result in lov. $r prices to consumers during the summer" schedule of OPA fresh fish and seafood prices--May through September--of from 2 to 5 cents per pound.

Examples of the approximate reductions in consumer prices are as follows:

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