Even with inflation driving up seafood prices, buyers seem intent on purchasing the first Copper River salmon -- even if it is costly.

"We are definitely planning on purchasing and having it available for our customer base," Matthew Davis, a seafood buyer with US distributor Shamrock Foods, told IntraFish. "There's a good amount of chatter from customers about it - so I think demand is definitely there."

Last year, initial ex-vessel prices for Copper River salmon ran $10 (€8.19)