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Wild Alaska Salmon

Every summer, millions of salmon return to Alaska's streams and rivers to spawn, where they are eagerly greeted by thousands of fishermen. Sport-fishermen from all around the world travel to the Alaska to catch trophy-size salmon. King, Sockeye, Coho, and Chum salmon are the most popular being bright, firm, and rich in flavor. Alaska is also the home to the legendary Copper River salmon and the Yukon River salmon- which are among the most sought-after, and tastiest, salmon in the world.

Wild Alaska salmon are harvested commercially in all coastal regions of Alaska. Salmon are troll-caught, gill-netted, and purse seined throughout the summer months. Alaska harvests only wild salmon.


Alaska offers five different species of wild salmon including
king, sockeye, coho, silverbrite, and pink salmon.

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King Salmon- Chinook


Lightly spotted on their blue-green back, chinook salmon live from five to seven years, and weigh up to 120 pounds. Known also as Chinook salmon, they have the highest oil-content, which is what gives a salmon its rich flavor.  The king is the largest of all salmon species, and the most desirable to sport fishers. MORE INFO

Alaska King Salmon

Red Salmon- Sockeye

Blue-tinged silver in color, sockeye salmon live four to five years. They weigh up to 7 pounds, and are the slimmest and most streamlined of the five species of Alaskan salmon. Known to fishermen as reds, the sockeye is a valuable fish because of its high oil content and ability to hold its bright red flesh color.

Alaska Sockeye Salmon

Silver Salmon- Coho

Bright silver in color, coho salmon live three years, weigh up to 15 pounds, and are a popular game fish sought by sport fishers. Coho are known as silvers when caught before full maturity. They are the most popular game fish of the salmon family, as well as one of the most valuable commercial species.

Alaska Coho Salmon

Chum Salmon- Keta

Resembling sockeye, chum salmon have black specks over their silvery sides. They live three to five years, and weigh up to 10 pounds. Also known as Keta and Silverbrite salmon.

Alaska Chum Salmon

Pink Salmon- Humpy, Humpback

Living only two years, pinks are the smallest of the Pacific salmon, weighing up to 5 pounds, and have heavily spotted backs over silver bodies. Pink salmon are the most plentiful of the five species.

Alaska Pink Salmon


Salmon photos courtesy of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

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