The name “Sockeye” comes from an attempt to translate the word suk-kegh from British Columbia's native Coast Salish language. Suk-kegh means “red fish”. Also called Red or Blueblack salmon, the Sockeye is among the smaller of the seven Pacific salmon species. Like all other Pacific salmon, the Sockeye is born in fresh water. Once hatched, juvenile sockeyes will stay in their natal habitat for up to three years, more than any other salmon. They then begin their journey out to sea, where they grow rapidly, remaining in the ocean for up to four years. Breeding-age males have a distinctive look, developing a humped back and hooked jaws filled with tiny, easily visible teeth. Males and females both die within a few weeks of spawning.
Size: 6-9lbs/gutted and bled at sea.
Taste Profile: The Sockeye salmon's flesh is ruby red in color and is the most sought after salmon in Alaska.
Location and Season: Our Sockeyes come from the pristine coastal waters of Alaska. Their main run occurs between May and August.