May 24, 2012
Fresh caught, wild Alaskan salmon is here in our stores now! Copper River Salmon kicks off the wild salmon season in Alaska and we are proud to be offering the first wild salmon on the market this year. The fish is flown in fresh from Cordova, Alaska (on Delta airlines) and sent straight to our stores. We are the only stores in Utah to bring in this amazing catch, according to CopperRiverSalmon.org.
The Copper River is one of the longer rivers salmon travel in Alaska, and since the fish do not eat during their journey, they have to be fat and healthy for their 300 mile trek. Copper River salmon is superior in flavor and texture in part to the extra stores of fat they require for the migration. Fishing is done at the mouth of the river where the fish are at their fattest and healthiest. Fishing for Copper River salmon, and all other species harvested in Alaska, are managed for long-term sustainability to ensure that an adequate number reach the spawning grounds.
These fish are rich in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and a long list of other healthy benefits. We’ll share some insights from our dietitians on the nutritional facts of Copper River salmon in the coming days.
Copper River salmon is prized by chefs around the world for the bright red flesh, firm texture, and rich flavor. We will be sharing some delicious and healthy recipes from our own talented chefs on the Tasty Tips section of our home page. The first recipe comes from Chef Evan at Bangerter Crossing – Loaded Rainbow Quinoa with Seared Salmon. You can also find great recipe ideas at copperriversalmon.org/recipes.
While these wonderful fish from the Copper River will only be available for about six weeks, we will continue to have wild fresh Alaskan salmon through September. As the weather changes, so do the different salmon species setting off on their migrations and the fishing shifts to different rivers. Look for these fresh catches throughout the summer in all Harmons stores.
A bit about the picture: We know this isn’t an accurate representation of the current fishing conditions in Alaska. We just couldn’t help but share this amazing shot that embodies the classic image of fresh Alaskan salmon. This photo was taken by Harmons Meat & Seafood Sales Director, Chris Smith, on a trip to Katmai National Park in July 2010.