Caulkins and Burke – Chinook Salmon


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Pacific Northwest


Caulkins and Burke

Chinook Salmon


Chinook, more popularly known as king salmon, is coveted throughout the U.S. for it’s rich, delicious meat and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Chinook are one of 5 native species of wild salmon on the U.S. Pacific Coast and are arguably the most sought after.  They are anadromous fish, meaning they split their lives living in fresh and salt water.  Chinooks are hatched in fresh water and swim out to sea for an average of 3 to 4 years, only to return to the very spot they were born in order to spawn.  Shortly after spawning salmon die, but not before they have paved the way for the next generation. Most Chinooks are caught early in their journey to ensure that fish are at their fattiest and tastiest.  The Copper River is usually one of the first openings for wild salmon runs and is followed throughout the summer by other areas which will open and close once a quota has been met.  The fishery is tightly managed, making it one of the most sustainable fisheries in the country.  King salmon is caught in California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.  The beautiful fish in front of you has spent a life at sea, feeding on fish and crustaceans, swimming thousands of miles, and storing healthy fats packed into lean protein, culminating in the ultimate salmon experience on your plate.  Wild Pacific salmon is the pinnacle of sustainability and flavor when it comes to eating salmon, and chinooks are the kings.