Wild Salmon FAQ

Where did the name "sockeye" come from?

Sockeye salmon, also called red salmon in the USA, is an anadromous species of salmon found in the Northern Pacific Ocean and rivers discharging into it. Sockeye salmon is the third most common Pacific salmon species, after pink and chum salmon. The name "sockeye" is an anglicization of suk-kegh (sθə́qəy̓), its name in Halkomelem, the language of the indigenous people along the lower reaches of the Fraser River (one of British Columbia's many native Coast Salish languages). Suk-kegh means red fish.

What is the nutritional value of wild Alaska salmon?

Red salmon is one of the smallest of the seven Pacific salmon species, yet it is prized above many others for its succulent, bright-orange meat. Sockeye salmon fish range in size from 24 to 33 inches in length and weigh between 5 and 15 pounds. Sockeye salmon are fished in the waters of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest/Alaska.

A 100 g portion of cooked sockeye salmon provides 216 calories, 27 g of protein, 11 g of fat, 1.9 g of saturated fat, 0 g of carbohydrates, 66 mg of sodium and 87 mg of cholesterol, according to Nutrition Value. Sockeye salmon is rich in many vitamins and minerals, like most varieties of seafood, including thiamin or vitamin B1, niacin or vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, phosphorus, potassium and selenium. A 100 g portion of sockeye salmon provides more than 1,400 mg of omega-3 fatty acids.

A 100 g cooked portion of sockeye salmon provides 276 mg of phosphorus, or 28 percent of the DV; 375 mg of potassium, or 11 percent of the DV; and 39 mcg of selenium, or 54 percent of the DV. Potassium regulates heartbeat, aids in muscle contraction and relaxation and promotes a healthy blood pressure. Phosphorus, along with other major minerals, is needed to build and maintain strong bones and teeth, activate some B vitamins and is a component of all cells. Selenium is important for a strong immune system and helps regulate the thyroid hormones.

All varieties of salmon are high in the marine-based omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentanoic acid or EPA and docohexanoic acid or DHA. Wild Atlantic salmon offers the most, nearly 2,500 mg per 100 g serving, while coho offers the least, about 1,100 mg per 100 g serving. According to the American Heart Association, salmon is one of the top 10 most frequently consumed fish in the U.S. Omega-3 fatty acids may help lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol and triglyceride or blood fat levels, and help to slow or prevent plaque buildup on artery walls.

How are Kenai River salmon caught?

Drift netting is a fishing technique where nets, called drift nets, are allowed to float freely at the surface of the water. A drift net is a gill net with floats attached to a rope along the top of the net, and weights attached to another rope along the foot of the net to keep it vertical in the water. Drift nets are placed by fishing vessels and are left free-floating until retrieved. These nets usually target schools of pelagic fish. Drift nets are a type of gill net because of the tendency for the fishes' gills to get caught in the net.

How are the salmon processed?

We hand-pick each fish from the drift net. They are subsequently bled and iced on the boat before returning to the port of Homer (same day). We offload the fish at Coal Point Trading Co., a DEC-certified custom processing facility, where the fish are filleted, portioned, vacuum-packed, and frozen.

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