Seattle-based Peter Pan Seafood is backing up its promise to put focus on fleet recruitment by paying what it claims are record grounds prices for both sockeye and kings in the early openings of the Copper River salmon season.

The group, now owned by seafood industry veteran Rodger May and two investment funds, said that at the close of the Thursday, May 20, fishing period, it was paying fishermen $12.60 (€10.34) per pound for sockeye salmon and $19.60