|Catch Code||SAL COMMON|
|Scientific Name||Oncorhynchus keta|
|Common Name||Keta Salmon|
|FAO Area||FAO 67|
|Catch Method||Purse seine, troll, gillnet|
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Keta salmon is found throughout Alaska and further south. These fish spend the majority of their lives in the open ocean and only return to freshwater in the fall to spawn and then die. Some travel a couple of thousand miles upriver to spawn while others spawn at the mouth of their home stream. Because of these wide variations, some populations remain at risk due to factors like habitat loss from dams and also climate change. Because of the nature of the gear, gillnets can potentially entangle marine mammals, but troll and purse seine gear have lower environmental impacts. The Marine Stewardship Council and Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management certified all gears in the Alaska salmon fishery in 2000. Since then, the fishery has limited negative fishing impacts to animals that depend on salmon, such as bears, birds, and other fish.
More about the Fish
Keta salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) is one of the most wide-ranging of the five Pacific salmon species. They have greenish-blue backs and silver splashes on their tails. Commercially caught keta salmon typically range from 6 to 12 pounds.
Keta salmon is a very lean and firm salmon filled with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids. It has less oil content than sockeye or king salmon, which in turn gives it a meatier texture, lighter color, milder flavor, and leaner nutritional profile.
Keta Salmon are hatched in inland streams and rivers, migrate to coastal estuaries, and then disperse into ocean waters to grow. Once mature, they reverse their course, returning to freshwater to reproduce. Their runs (a migration of salmon up a river from the sea, in order to spawn) are typically seen in Alaska starting in mid-June and running through mid-September.
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