Prices for Copper River salmon have dropped dramatically this week, as US consumers adjust their spending to combat inflation and sharply rising food prices.

Prices are dropping significantly from their initial sticker-shock levels, Adam Branin, meat and seafood merchandiser for Kroger-owned supermarket chain QFC, told IntraFish on Monday.

Following the first opener May 16, Copper river sockeye was selling at Portland, Oregon, and Seattle area QFCs for $49.99