With its orange-red flesh, firm texture and delicate flavor, many consider coho salmon the best salmon for grilling.
The Alaska salmon fishery contributes approximately 33,000 jobs to Alaska’s economy.
Coho salmon are the second largest of the five species of salmon.
Alaska coho salmon is chock-full of healthy long chain omega-3 fatty acide DHA & EPA – 900 mg per 3oz serving!
Protein Vitamin B-12 Omega 3 Vitamin D 20g 4.3mcg (180% DV) 900mg 9.6mcg (48% DV)
Alaska coho salmon is packed with high-quality protein and marine derived omega-3 fatty acids, plus vitamins B-12 and D.
Wild coho salmon provide marine derived omega-3 fatty acids, essential to the human body. DHA and EPA in wild Alaska coho salmon are the most studied, beneficial, and readily usable healthy fats for the body.
Benefits of DHA and EPA are improved heart health, improved brain function and they are vital nutrients for growth and development of prenatal babies and infants.
DV = Daily Value // 3.0 oz = 85g Source: USDA Standard Reference Release 28
Wild Alaska coho salmon are available fresh mid-June through mid-October and frozen year-round.
Coho salmon are harvested by three different methods: gillnetting, purse-seining, and trolling.
In Alaska, the future of wild coho salmon and the environment are more important than the immediate opportunities for harvest.
As a wild resource, there is variability in the number of salmon that return to freshwater to spawn annually. Managers in Alaska set ‘escapement goals’ using the best science available to ensure enough fish return safely to the freshwater spawning grounds to reproduce. Biologists account for natural fluctuations in returns of salmon by managing the fisheries in-season to ensure the sustainability of Alaska’s wild coho salmon.
This principle of sustainability is written into Alaska’s state constitution. In Alaska, fish are to be ‘utilized, developed, and maintained on the sustainable yield principle,’ ensuring wild coho salmon inhabit Alaska waters for generations to come.
The sustainability of coho salmon harvested in Alaska is an international effort. Alaska coho harvest levels follow the Pacific Salmon Treaty implemented by the Pacific Salmon Commission.
The Alaska coho salmon fishery is certified under two independent certification standards for sustainable fisheries:
- Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM)
- Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Coho salmon have a complex life cycle; hatching and living in fresh water for 2 years and spending 2 years in the ocean before returning to freshwater to spawn
Alaska coho salmon is available both fresh and frozen in the following product forms: whole, or dressed whole without the head, in portions, fillets, canned and smoked.
Cohos are a favorite among chefs and restaurateurs due to it’s mid-level size among the salmon species, meaning that each fillet is often perfectly portioned for an individual serving. Add in its medium oil content, which lends flavor and versatility while keeping the taste light, and you have an ideal salmon for most palates.
Find Alaska coho salmon in your local grocer in the frozen section as well as in the fresh case seasonally. Unsure about origin? Just #AskforAlaska.
This versatile and adaptable fish lends itself to broiling, poaching, sautéing, smoking, sushi/sashimi, roasting, steaming, and is a favorite among grilling.