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Alaska Sockeye Salmon

Oncorhynchus nerka

Wild Alaska sockeye salmon are also known as red salmon because of their deep ruby-red meat color. This stunning color comes from the tiny krill that make up much of their diet in the wild. Sockeye are caught throughout the state, but the world’s largest sockeye salmon run happens each summer in Bristol Bay in far western Alaska.

Benefits and Nutrition

Alaska sockeye salmon has the highest protein and vitamin D content of all Alaska salmon. It also provides 730 mg of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids and more than the daily value of vitamin B-12 in just one 3-ounce portion.

Salmon Fishing


In Alaska, sustainability is written into the state constitution. It states that fish are to be ‘utilized, developed, and maintained on the sustainable yield principle,’ ensuring wild sockeye salmon inhabit Alaska waters for generations to come. As a wild resource, the number of salmon that return to freshwater to spawn changes from year to year. Managers in Alaska use the best science available to set ‘escapement goals,’ which allow enough fish to return to the spawning grounds to reproduce. Biologists account for natural fluctuations in returns of salmon by managing the fisheries in-season to safeguard the sustainability of Alaska’s wild sockeye salmon. Alaska salmon is also certified by both the Marine Stewardship Council and the Responsible Seafood Management Program.

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