Seafood Feature of the Month

Credit Jeffery Young

Credit Jeffery Young

July - Sockeye Salmon

2014 is gearing up to be another fantastic year for sockeye salmon in British Columbia. Our local sockeye are recommended with “Some Concerns”, while sockeye from Alaska are a “Best Choice”. Sockeye is well known for its bright red flesh and strong flavour. Sockeye return to rivers to spawn four years after they are born- the large run expected this year is thanks to the record breaking returns we saw in 2011.

Management of salmon fisheries in North America is strong. While preliminary estimates show many millions of sockeye returning to rivers to spawn this year, fisheries scientists will continue to monitor the return and double check the numbers.  Enough fish must escape fishing nets and return to their native rivers to allow their progeny, four years from now, make another strong return.