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Real Good Fish | Fish Species | | Fish Species | Bringing you the freshest sustainably caught LOCAL seafood!
“If we eat from our own shores, we're much more inclined to protect them, the water quality, and our marine environment.”
- Paul Greenberg, American Catch
King Salmon / Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Also known as Chinook salmon, the King Salmon is the largest salmon species in the Pacific. They are popular in the kitchen of course, but they are also a highly sought after sport fish on the west coast and in Alaska each summer.

Like all salmon species king salmon are anadromous, meaning they...

Also known as Chinook salmon, the King Salmon is the largest salmon species in the Pacific. They are popular in the kitchen of course, but they are also a highly sought after sport fish on the west coast and in Alaska each summer.

Like all salmon species king salmon are anadromous, meaning they are born in fresh water, migrate to salt water to live most of their lives, then they return to their natal stream to spawn and die. Each spring this annual king salmon return begins in California, running through to mid-summer. The commerical king salmon season begins and ends with this migration.

In the early 2000s king salmon populations had declined significantly, but by 2010 they had rebounded, in some cases growing at rates of 150%. Culturally, the Chinook has special meaning to Native American tribes, with many tribes celebrating “First Salmon” ceremonies. 

Culinary Tips: King salmon is the richest most decadent species of Pacific salmon and can be cooked any way you can imagine. It is fanstatic prepared on a cedar plank on the grill, roasted with seasonal vegetables in the oven, or even smoked or cured.

Catch Method: Troll

Sustainability: Some salmon populations along the California coast are endangered or threatened, so the chinook salmon that is allowed to be caught is highly monitored and done so as sustainably as possible. Troll gear is extremely selective and produces very little bycatch and no harm to the marine habitat.

>MBA Seafood Watch Rating: Good Alternative

>NOAA Fish Stock Sustainability Index: 2 out of 4 for some rivers, N/A for other rivers

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