The summer harvest season for the five species of wild Alaska salmon officially kicks off today with the first sockeye and king salmon of the summer, followed quickly by pink, keta, and coho salmon, and continues through October. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has predicted 2015 will yield the largest sockeye salmon harvest since 1995 – an expected increase of 33 percent from the 2014 harvest – additionally they have posted the largest pink salmon forecast on record. Overall, this year is expected to be the second-largest Alaska salmon harvest on record, with a 40 percent total increase over 2014.
More than 90 percent of the wild salmon caught in the United States comes from Alaska and the epic harvest season will create more widespread availability nationwide in frozen, fresh and canned forms just in time for summer grilling season. All species of Alaska salmon are available frozen year-round due to flash-freezing techniques which preserve the pristine quality and nutrition of the salmon while sealing in rich flavor.
“This banner harvest year will enable more consumers nationwide to purchase wild Alaska salmon and experience the exceptional flavor,” said Tyson Fick, Communications Director at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). “When consumers see the Alaska name, they can trust their salmon is wild, sustainable, and of exceptional quality. Alaska’s constitution mandates sustainability and our science-based fishery management practices are considered a model for the world.”
The USDA has reported eating seafood two to four times per week can improve health. Wild Alaska salmon, in particular, contains a higher level of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than most seafood species, which has been linked to improvements in, or prevention of, certain kinds of cancer and other diseases.
From the rich, robust flavor of king and sockeye salmon to the delicate, milder flavors of coho, keta and pink salmon, the five species appeal to all preferences and budgets and can be incorporated into a wide array of recipes available on www.WildAlaskaSeafood.com.