To the freshest seafood department around.
The most prized salmon in the world - Alaska's legendary Copper River Salmon - are commercially fished for only a few weeks out of the entire year, when fisherman from across Alaska and the Pacific Northwest gather at the Copper River delta for the official opener of the Wild Salmon season.
The Copper River is one of the swiftest and most rugged rivers in Alaska, and each spring the King and Sockeye Salmon make the 300-mile trek up the river's pristine glacier-fed waters to spawn. This rigorous journey requires that the Sockeye Salmon possess great stores of omega-3 fatty acids - one of the highest of all wild salmon species - which give the salmon their exceptional flavor, succulent texture and melt-in-your-mouth reputation.
And they're off!
Starting Thursday, May 15th, with the snow-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains as their backdrop, Alaskan fishermen will be able to drop their nets and began hauling in the first of the season Copper River Sockeye Salmon. Monitored closely by Alaska Fish and Game to safeguard species sustainability and guarantee future supply, harvesting continues for only 12 hours at a time.
Prized for its exceptionally high oil content, succulent texture and rich flavor, Copper River Salmon literally melts in your mouth, and from a savory saute to a glazed grilling, preparation couldn't be easier, or more delicious.
Thinking about your menu?
Browse some great Copper River Salmon recipes at copperriverseafoods.com
We tapped our friends at Table & Vine for some wine recommendations to go with our Copper River Salmon. Here's what they suggest:
- Hirsch "Sonoma Coast" Pinot Noir 2009 (750ml)
- Joseph Drouhin Chorey-Les-Beaune "Red Burgundy" 2009 (750ml)
Find these and more at tableandvine.com
Want to know more?
Watch this Video: Copper River Salmon - Alaska's Finest Resource which details sustainability efforts
Watch this Video: Sockeye Salmon Preparation with Alaska Chef Rob Kinneen
Learn about the Copper River Salmon including sustainability efforts and nutritional information at Visit CopperRiverSalmon.org
Sockeye Salmon Profile from alaska.gov
Spawing simplicity in salmon dishes by Bret Thorn, Nation's Restaurant News
Salmon from Alaska's Copper River - The Best by Colman Andrews, The Daily Meal
PBS Interview: Kitchen Careers: Jen Pickett, Commercial Fisherman