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THE CORKLINE

Salmon Fishing 101.2 Follow along to learn more about commercial fishing for Copper River and Prince William Sound wild salmon

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Meredith Steele - Steele House Kitchen

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Holiday season stand by, making Copper River King Salmon pickled fish

A sense of well being and contentment: Hygge

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It is December on Alaska’s Copper River.


Temperatures dip into negatives. The sun arcs low on the horizon. Small streams freeze to the bottom; rivers and lakes freeze on top. Energy in any form is scarce.


And yet, wild Copper River salmon are growing.


They began in late summer and fall, spawned by their parents into redds. Their mothers and fathers built these nests especially for them. They chose a place where the gravel was just the right size, where water flowed not too fast and not too slow, where predators might not find them. They conceived and hid their eggs here, leaving them everything they had. Then, they died.


The eggs are here still, buried, waiting. They will stay here until the Copper warms again. Sustained by their yolk sac, they must grow strong enough to emerge from the gravel and feed in the spring. In the meantime, some will be eaten. Some will freeze and others will be washed away. Some eggs will contract disease and perish.


And yet, many will survive.

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A genetically modified Atlantic salmon dwarfs a non-modified Atlantic salmon of the same age in an undated handout photo made available in 2010. PHOTO: AQUABOUNTY TECHNOLOGIES/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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There has been a lot of talk this past week...

There has been a lot of talk this past week about a report profiling the mislabeling of salmon. It uses serious words like "fraud" and "bait and switch". Yes, we are concerned about the mislabeling that is seen in the marketplace. We've even seen cases of it ourselves. When we see it we take action whether it be asking a seafood counter to simply correct a misplaced sign or whether it be calling a seafood market across the country and clarifying the region that their coho salmon came from. Each instance is an opportunity to educate one more retailer, one more staff member and yes one more consumer of wild salmon.

Why are non-wild salmon products being labeled "wild salmon"?

Why are non-wild salmon products being labeled “wild salmon”? Wild salmon has become the standard that you th...

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