pink salmon


Definition of pink salmon 

: a small spotted Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) native to the northern Pacific Ocean and adjacent rivers

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Many pink salmon, for example, are caught by commercial fishermen in southeast Alaska. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Fish Caught in America, Processed in China Get Trapped by Trade Dispute," 9 Aug. 2018 Male pink salmon get that big, attractive (?) hump. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "While waiting for winter to become summer, outdoors lovers turn to beauty pageants," 23 Apr. 2018 Russian purchases of Alaska seafood totaled at least 20 million pounds of mostly pink salmon roe and pollock surimi annually, valued at $60 million, according to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Decline in Pacific halibut fishery not as severe as feared," 26 Mar. 2018 The harvest of king salmon was 49 percent lower, as expected, and the pink salmon harvest was down 67 percent. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Report: Early in the season, Alaska commercial salmon harvests are lagging," 29 June 2018 And, the Japanese scientists noted, pink salmon are most abundant in odd calendar years. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Pink salmon — too much of a good thing?," 15 June 2018 The problem extends all the way to Alaska, where a federal disaster was declared last year after sharply lower pink salmon runs. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "California’s Salmon Industry Set to Take Another Hit This Season," 17 Mar. 2018 Go the deep sea route for king salmon, halibut, rockfish, and cod; or stick to the rivers and streams for sockeye, silver and pink salmon, Dolly Varden, and steelhead. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Epic Fishing Trips in the West," 22 Jan. 2018 The pink salmon take of nearly 142 million ranks fourth in terms of poundage and accounted for 63 percent of the total harvest. Joe Eckdahl, Alaska Dispatch News, "The good, the bad and the sighs of relief on fishing outlooks," 7 Oct. 2017

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1905, in the meaning defined above

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