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Copper River salmon, when it's in season and why it's so good for you

Posted on January 2, 2014 in Featured In

Wild Alaskan Copper River king and sockeye salmon are the most sought-after varieties in the world due to their abundance of nutritional benefits. The Copper River season runs annually, from mid-May through the beginning of July. Fresh Copper River salmon can be purchased whole, or in steaks and fillets upon request. When purchasing a whole salmon and choosing to have it filleted, please note that the head and bones will be removed, resulting in a 75% yield of the original fish’s weight.

Known for its rich copper deposits found along the riverbank, the Copper River in south-central Alaska is the 10th largest in the United States, with 13 major tributaries. Traveling 300 miles in 7 mph currents to reach their spawning grounds in this varied river system, Copper River salmon are the most highly prized in the world due to their extra omega-3 fatty acid stores and resulting nutritional benefits.

Copper River salmon is easy to prepare in a variety of ways. Whether you choose to poach, steam, roast, or grill it, you’re in for a flavorful, health-smart meal that is heavy on the high-quality protein and low in saturated fat. Check out our recipes for a great range of preparation ideas.

Copper River salmon is known for helping to reduce heart disease and lower cholesterol. Studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acids found in Copper River salmon can help combat rheumatoid arthritis, allergies and asthma, among other health issues.

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