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Buy Wild Alaska Copper River Salmon

The picture of a thick, deep red salmon fillet probably has its origin in one phrase: wild Copper River salmon of Alaska. Copper River salmon is known in restaurants and markets worldwide as one of the most delectable and sought after seafood entrees.

Understanding that phenomenon begins in becoming familiar with the river itself.

The Copper River runs nearly 300 miles out of the Alaskan Wrangell Mountains to Prince William Sound in the Gulf of Alaska. The river's watershed drains 24,000 square miles and is the tenth largest river in the world based on its average flow into the sea at its mouth. It is a wild river, with many intense rapids and gorges.

The Copper River Fishery begins every year in mid-May. The first Salmon harvested are King (Chinook) and Red (Sockeye). Kings migrate to their spawning grounds through June and Sockeye until the end of July. Starting in mid-August, Silver Salmon (Coho) become the dominate fish species through September.

Another defining characteristic of Copper River salmon is that they are known as one of the best tasting and most nutritious salmon in the world. Imagine...Copper River salmon must travel great distances from the ocean up an intense river fighting powerful river currents and many obstacles to reach their native spawning grounds. Because they do not feed once they leave salt water, they must be extremely strong and have a plentiful supply of body fat to complete the journey. The lean muscle leads to a firm fillet texture, while the body fat leads to a large amount of natural, healthy oils and Omega-3 fatty acids.

These qualities make Copper River salmon some of the richest and delicious fish in the world!

The health of the Copper River Fishery is a result of management practices by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game which strives for balance between strong harvests each year with a sustainable yield for future years.

The department installs a sonar counter upstream from the mouth of the Copper River each Spring enabling managers to electronically count each individual Salmon as well as to distinguish between King and Sockeye. Additionally, every fish harvested by each commercial fisherman is recorded into a database. These management practices insure the adequate numbers of Salmon reach their spawning grounds and allow excess Salmon to be commercially harvested. This model of fish management is highly effective providing healthy and sustainable fisheries.