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Subject: Price Question for Swordfish
From: David Kerstetter <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 9 Mar 2009 11:55:28 -0400

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Has anyone heard of (or conducted themselves) an analysis of 
ex-vessel price-per-pound for swordfish as a function of total 
dressed weight?  Anecdotal conversations with captains and 
first-level fish dealers along the U.S. Atlantic coast fishery have 
all suggested that there's a weakly dome-shaped relationship.  More 
specifically, that the "large" or "marker" fish (100-199#) are worth 
more than "mediums" (50-99#) or "double markers" (200-299#), and both 
of which are worth more than the "rats" (<25#) and "triple markers" 
(>300#).  The usual justifications offered for these price 
differences are that the marker fish are the easiest carcasses to 
physically handle/transport and are the size most easily cut into 
approximately 8-ounce portions.

Thoughts and/or comments appreciated, and thanks for any help.


David W. Kerstetter, Ph.D.
Research Scientist and Adjunct Faculty
Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center
8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004
954-262-3664 (phone)
954-262-4020 (fax) 

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