Catch Code:

SAL COMMON

See below for the most common sourcing of our Keta Salmon.
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Fish Details

Catch Code SAL COMMON
Scientific Name Oncorhynchus keta
Common Name Keta Salmon
FAO Area FAO 67
Catch Method Purse seine, troll, gillnet
Country Caught USA
Country Processed USA
Sustainability Certification MSC

Our Quality

High quality tastes better! We only work with trusted fisheries and suppliers that have the same quality and sustainability values that we do. We rigorously inspect every lot of fish to ensure that what goes into our products is only the fish that meets these high standards. All of our Keta salmon is caught and processed in the USA. It is cut from whole fillets and not treated with any solutions or chemicals. We leave the skin on the salmon, because the skin helps keep the salmon moist during cooking.

Sustainability


We’ve partnered with the sustainability experts at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium to ensure you always enjoy responsibly sourced seafood.

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.

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What was the largest salmon ever caught with a rod and reel?
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The largest salmon every caught with a rod and reel was a chinook salmon. It was caught in Alaska on May 13, 1985 and weighed over 92 pounds.

Fishing Areas

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.

Salmon Habitat Map
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NOTE: Distribution range colors indicate probability of natural occurrence of Keta Salmon.
Map courtesy of AquaMaps

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