AKA Chinook Salmon, Blackmouth
All hail! King Salmon were, and remain the Santa Cruz fishing fleet’s most economically significant catch. They reigned to such a degree that the harbor was once nicknamed ‘The Pink Harbor.’
Some of the fishermen who catch it:
Kevin Butler, Calder Deyerle, Ty Nguyen, Terry Baeck, Skylar Campbell, Scott Rouhier, Normal Reynolds, Kurtis Williams, John Amaral, Frankie Cunningham, Dave Toriumi, Chris Seeno, Andrew Heppart, Andrew Corr
Higher fat content contributes to a velvet like texture. While flesh can range from a white-pink to a deep red, the flavor is smooth like butter and less robust then other species of salmon like a Coho.
Chinook have multiple populations throughout California all of which are rated Good Alternative by Seafood Watch.
Factors contributing to sustainability:
Gear type (Trolling), strict seasons and firm regulations size restrictions.
Hook and line (Trolling)
Range: California to Alaska
Seasonality: Late spring - early fall
Migratory species that prefer cold ocean conditions, often as a result of strong upwelling where there is high nutrients, plankton and forage fish.
Interesting life history facts:
Many different populations of this species of salmon. These are anadromous - hatch in freshwater, migrate to feed and grow in the ocean before returning to spawn in the rivers.. In the ocean the fish have a blue-green back with silvery sides and white bellies, when they return to the rivers their color transitions into an olive brown, and males develop a hooked upper jaw.