sockeye salmon

noun
sock·​eye salmon | \ ˈsäk-ˌī- How to pronounce sockeye salmon (audio) \

Definition of sockeye salmon

: a commercially important Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) that is greenish blue above and silvery below when sexually immature and turns red with a greenish head when ascending rivers to spawn which it does chiefly from the Columbia northward

called also red salmon, sockeye

— compare kokanee

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Idaho Nampa: Wildlife officials said the number of sockeye salmon returning to Idaho this year is extremely low. USA TODAY, "Rare elephant calf, two-headed rattlesnake, another quake off Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 6 Sep. 2019 But an increasing number of marine researchers say the voracious eaters are thriving at the expense of higher-value sockeye salmon, seabirds and other species with whom their diet overlaps. Washington Post, "Pink salmon numbers may threaten other North Pacific species," 11 Aug. 2019 But an increasing number of marine researchers say the voracious eaters are thriving at the expense of higher-value sockeye salmon, seabirds and other species with whom their diet overlaps. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists warn of too many pink salmon in North Pacific," 11 Aug. 2019 But an increasing number of marine researchers say the voracious eaters are thriving at the expense of higher-value sockeye salmon, seabirds, and other species with whom their diet overlaps. Dan Joling, BostonGlobe.com, "Scientists warn of too many pink salmon in North Pacific," 11 Aug. 2019 Declines have been more precipitous and widespread than previously understood, with the river’s 13 major wild sockeye salmon populations plummeting by 56% to 99% over the period from 1913 to 2014, largely because of overfishing. Lesley Evans Ogden, Science | AAAS, "Century-old salmon-smeared notebooks reveal past bounty of fisheries," 20 Aug. 2019 For one thing, the report noted that initially the survival estimates of the sockeye salmon recruited for this experiment were very low, at just a 36 percent survival rate on the first release day. Aja Romano, Vox, "These unanswered questions are fueling speculation about the sex offender’s life and death.," 11 Aug. 2019 The sockeye salmon that spawn in British Columbia’s Fraser River offer a prime example. Quanta Magazine, "A Twisted Path to Equation-Free Prediction," 13 Oct. 2015 Anglers will soon be able to catch more Russian River sockeye salmon — and just in time for the weekend. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Strong return prompts biologists to raise Russian River sockeye limit," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of sockeye salmon

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sockeye salmon

by folk etymology from Northern Straits (Salishan language of southern Vancouver Island and nearby islands) sə́qəy̓

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