Cordova Boat Harbor, Alaska.
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Weather permitting, the commercial salmon season will open tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:00 am near the entrance to the Copper River. When we were in Cordova, the harbor was bustling with activity as fishermen prepared their boats. You see, not only is this the first fresh salmon to hit the market every year, it is also the best tasting due to its high oil content.
To help meet the huge demand for this salmon, Alaska Airlines is going to have a 737 jet standing by to haul about 10 tons of this fish to the lower 48 so that is can be in stores and restaurants by this weekend. Some years, helicopters have meet the boats and picked up salmon right from the fishing grounds. I remember while in college in Orange County hearing radio advertisements from finer restaurants announcing the arrival of this prized salmon.
All the hub-bub around this fish always struck me as a bit odd, because I grew up near the Copper River and salmon from the river made up a large part of our diet. I had know idea I was dinning on what today is such a highly valued, highly sought after food! Despite having Copper River Red Salmon much of my life, I do still love the stuff!