Copper River Sockeye and King Salmon Season Opens Today! As does Dip-Net King Salmon fishing on the Columbia River!  We are expecting our first shipment to arrive on Thursday for this weekend’s seafood needs.  Here’s a look at what to expect this salmon season:

  • May – June

o   Copper River Sockeye and King Salmon

o   Troll King from Cape Falcon, OR

o   Troll King from SE Alaska

o   Dip-Net Kings from Upper Columbia River

  • June – July

o   Copper River continues

o   California Troll and Net King Fisheries open in Oregon, Washington, and SE Alaska.  Increase catch limits and increased open waters to fish will likely lower cost and increase availability

o   Mid-June opens Kodiak, Prince William Sound, and False Pass on the Alaska Peninsula offering more sockeye on the market and driving prices lower

o   Keta Salmon, also known as Chum, is the least expensive wild salmon and becomes available in the Prince William Sound late June

  • July – August

o   Cook Inlet sockeye brings it to a new level as these fish can be caught close to Anchorage, allowing easy access to major airliners

o   Canadian sockeye open in Barkley Sound on Vancouver Island as well as Skeena River and Nass River Systems

o   Coho Salmon Season Opens in S.E. Alaska, bringing us a fishery that can produce fresh wild salmon into September

Northeast Seafood will provide you with 4 varieties of wild salmon this season.  Let’s take a look at these varieties:

  1. King Salmon, also known as Chinook, are the largest species available and can range in market size from 7# – 25#.  These large fish offer the fattiest content of salmon making them THE premium wild salmon.  King Salmon are also sparsely available in a unique rare catch of white meat, called IVORY KINGS, these fish are King Samon with white meat, the ultimate wild salmon delicacy.
  2. Sockeye Salmon, also known as Red Salmon or Kokanee Salmon, are the brightest red color of wild salmon often making them the favorite of chefs and customers alike.  Sockeye offer a dense flesh that firms similarly to the way that meat does when cooked.
  3. Coho Salmon, also known as Silver Salmon, are most often milder in flavor than sockeye or kings.  The flesh color can very upon the fishes diet but is often lighter in color than sockeye.
  4. Chum Salmon, also known as Keta or Silverbright Salmon, are becoming more popular as this fish is the most affordably prices salmon.  Chum salmon are often softer and lighter in color than the other varieties of salmon, but when harvested at the right time of year these fish can offer great quality at bargain prices.

 

What’s In Season:

Soft Shell Blue Crab Season is here!  We are dedicated to offering you the best quality seafood, which is why we want you to try DRESSED soft shell crabs versus LIVE softshell.  Dressed softshell Blue Crab are available from Chesapeake Bay in various sizes, starting at the smallest and going to the largest: Hotels, Primes, Jumbos, and Whales.

California White Seabass season is ramping up.  We will see a consistent supply of white seabass as the weather warms.  Keep an eye out as the price of this fish will start moving down as it becomes readily available.

Arctic Char from Washington, USA is available in large 4-6# size.

Walleye seasons is here until the weather warms and fish swim into the depths of the Great Lakes until the return again in the fall.

Wild Black Cod, aka Sablefish, are becoming more readily available from our Pacific Northwest Fisherman.

Alaskan Halibut Season will continue to be consistent in supply, prices have come down recently.

California Halibut have been readily available but the fishery can change on any given day.

Bang Island Mussels seasonally available again, get them while you can.

Yellowtail Jack catch has been consistent out of Baja, Mexico producing a nice white meat fish at a very reasonable price.

On the East Coast we have a selection of specialty seasonal fish available, please let us know in advance if you are interested:  Black Seabass 1-2# Head On, Fluke 2-3#, Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass in various sizes.

Spring is here and seafood seasons are changing!  Prices are down on many of our seafood options as many fisherman are getting their boats wet for the first time this year.  We look forward to supplying you with a fantastic run of wild salmon this season!

Chad Pettrone
Sustainability Director

Northeast Seafood