Fish marketing consultant Howard Johnson of H.M. Johnson & Associates has tracked a slight increase in farmed salmon prices but noted wild prices are up much more. He added the buzz was all wild salmon at this year’s International Boston Seafood Show, where Legal Sea Foods, a Boston-based chain of 26 restaurants, announced a new line of wild Alaskan salmon dishes.
Last January, the journal Science published a major study that found increased levels of cancer-causing PCBs in farmed fish over wild fish.
And in 2002, a court ruling required grocery stores to label farmed fish as containing dye to turn the flesh pink. Next fall, federal law requires stores to label fish with the country they come from.
“What we have now is an informed public that wants our product,” said Daryl Bogardus, skipper of the Pices, tied up across the dock from Dixson’s Dragonet. “Instead of taking a back seat to farmed fish, we’re getting the price we should.”