It was another big week in salmon news. The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) salmon for human consumption. At this time no labeling requirements are required. So again, we encourage consumers to ask for wild Alaska salmon, Copper River Salmon and Prince William Sound Salmon by name whether at the seafood counter or your favorite restaurant. If you choose farmed Atlantic salmon in the near future you may be choosing to serve GM/GE food to your family but the label will not likely inform you.
Copper River salmon are wild, natural, authentic salmon just the way nature designed them to be. Their genetic stock is chosen through natural selection generation to generation of salmon returning to spawn. They have not been manipulated by scientists in a lab to grow faster and larger by splicing in the genes from a different species of fish.
Copper River salmon swim free in creeks, lakes and tributaries of the Copper River across the massive 700,000 acre Copper River Delta then into the cold waters of Gulf of Alaska and ultimately into the great Pacific Ocean building body mass and muscle density. They do not live in contained tanks or nets with thousands of other salmon in high concentration.
Copper River wild salmon eat what their natural habitat offers them. Insects, invertebrates and plankton are the diet of young salmon. Plankton, small fish, eels, shrimp and squid are choice for adult salmon. Their flesh color represents their natural and varied wild diet and is not artificially dyed as farmed salmon can be.
The natural life cycle of wild Alaska salmon does no harm to their ecosystem nor does the managed harvest of them. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game successfully manages the most sustainable wild fisheries in the world using in season monitoring, long-term tracking and seasonal forecasting as part of their management tools. The sustainability of our fisheries is written into the Alaska State Constitution. Wild Pacific salmon have existed in these waters for thousands of years and are thriving yet today. Salmon stocks of Copper River and Prince William Sound salmon are sustainable for the long term and are not in danger of over fishing.
The harvest of Copper River and Prince William Sound salmon provides jobs for many Alaskan fisherman as well as fishermen from the lower 48 (the continental United States). These committed harvesters bring one of the most delicious proteins available to your kitchen. This delicious wild food is also good for you. Wild salmon is considered a superfood – a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
Copper River/Prince William Sound fisherman with a spectacular coho salmon
Copper River & Prince William Sound salmon fishing areas
Posted on 11/20/2015 at 6:58:00 AM