Trappers across North America – including New York – are expecting another boom season in 2013-14, with the potential for record prices and industry activity for the second year in a row.
Internationally, records fell in several key areas across the fur industry. North American Fur Auctions (NAFA), the world’s largest wild fur clearinghouse, experienced attendance records for their February and May 2013 auctions, with more than 700 buyers at each sale. Those new sales avenues contributed to increased competition and sparked NAFA to forecast even higher attendance during its auctions for 2013-14.
“The increase last season resulted in our auction room being filled to capacity, with additional seating having to be placed along the outer aisles. We are currently in the process of enlarging our auction room by a further 50 percent to accommodate additional buyers that we expect from around the world. As unbelievable as it may seem, we could very well have attendances that are between 700 and 1,000 buyers,” said NAFA managing director Herman Jansen.