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Alaskan Pink Salmon


Pink Salmon

Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus Gorbuscha

Market Names: Salmon, Pink Salmon, Humpback Salmon

Vernacular Names: Dog Salmon, Gorbusch, Haddo, Holia Description:

Pink Salmon are bright steely-blue on their backs with silvery sides and large black spots on their backs and tail fin. The male Pink salmon develops a large hump on its back and hooked jaws before it spawns. Pink Salmon are the smallest of the Pacific salmon. The average weight is 3-5 pounds and mature at 2 years old. The flesh of the Pink salmon is a very light pink color and must be processed very quickly to retain the freshness. The Pink salmon is generally used for canning. Pinks also produces the largest havested numbers of salmon in Alaska.

Life Cycle: There are several stages to the life cycle of an Alaska Salmon, eggs- alevins-fry-smolt-adult-spawning adult. An adult salmon deposits her eggs in gravel beds (also called redds) in freshwater streams and rivers. Once the eggs have been fertilized by the male salmon the embryos will incubate over the winter months and then hatch into alevins in late winter. In the alevins phase of life the salmon take on a strange appearance having large eyes, a ballooning orange sack and pencil like body. Approximately 4 months after becoming an alevin the young salmon changes into a fry. A salmon fry averages 1 inch in length, has an elongated body and is free swimming. Some salmon species spend a year or more as a fry. A fry blossoms into a smolt when it is ready to head to the ocean were it will stay until it matures into an adult salmon. The pink salmon emerage from the gravel and head to sea where it takes two years to reach maturity. The mature female salmon will begin its journey back to its place of origin were it will deposit between 1,500 and 2,000 eggs and then die, continuing the salmon life cycle.

Run Times: Pink salmon runs are typically seen in south central Alaska starting in the end of June and ending in the early part of September.

Record weight sport caught pink salmon: 12 lbs. 9 oz. caught by Steven A. Lee in 1974 while fishing on the Moose River.

Nutritional Information: One ½ lb. fillet of Pink Salmon has 184.4 calories, 31.7 grams of protein, 5.4 grams of fat, 0.8 grams of saturated fat and 106.5 milligrams of sodium.

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