Copper River Salmon: Nutrient-Rich Journey of King, Sockeye, and Coho

Published May 31st, 2024 by Copper River Salmon

The Copper River is the birthplace of three wild Alaska salmon species. These salmon live as adults in the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean, eating small crustaceans and zooplankton. Every year (May–September) king, sockeye and Coho return to the Copper River to make the arduous 300-mile migration up turbulent waters in order to spawn. Because the Copper River is so long and steep, these fish pack on abundant fat reserves to fuel their epic journey--resulting in salmon that is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and flavorful oils. The fish's distinct regional DNA and lifecycle yield the world's finest salmon.

Copper River King: The Connoisseur's salmon

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

20 lb average, up to 50 lbs

Prized for its exceptionally high oil content, succulent texture and rich flavor, this luxury fish melts in your mouth. Also known as Chinook, this fish is the largest and boasts the highest oil content of the three species. Let its natural flavor shine simply with salt, pepper and olive oil.


Serving size: 7 oz

Calories: 500 

Fat: 26 g

Protein: 55 g

Omega-3: 3690 mg

Copper River Sockeye: Big flavor, long season

Oncorhynchus nerka

6 lb average, range 4-6 lbs

Wild sockeye is robust and rich in flavor, with a firm texture that makes it versatile for any cooking method. Famous for its natural deep red flesh, sockeye is the most abundant species in the Copper River Delta. A summer BBQ favorite.


Serving size: 7 oz

Calories: 325 

Fat: 12 g 

Protein: 58 g 

Omega-3: 1825 mg

Copper River Coho: Last great salmon of the season

Oncorhynchus kisutch

12 lb average, range 5-18 lbs

Approachable mild flavor and delicate texture distinguish this affordable, late-season species. These large fish, sometimes called Silvers, are the last to return to the Copper and are a fall favorite that pairs well  baked with seasonal root vegetables and mushrooms.


Serving size: 7 oz

Calories: 300 

Fat: 10 g 

Protein: 50 g 

Omega-3: 2250 mg

*Source: USDA national nutrient database for standard reference, release #28/ Rounded per FDA guidelines

 Copper River seasonality and species chart

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