sockeye salmon


sock·​eye salmon ˈsäk-ˌī- How to pronounce sockeye salmon (audio)
: 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

Examples of sockeye salmon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1990, the Shoshone Bannock Tribes petitioned the federal government to list the Sawtooth Valley’s sockeye salmon as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The Katmai brown bears are famous for standing at Brooks Falls, catching sockeye salmon in their mouths to fatten up for the winter. Pilar Arias, Fox News, 4 Oct. 2023 The bears rely on the abundance of the sockeye salmon run within the Brooks River, a mile-and-a-half long stream that contains the largest concentration of brown bears on the planet, Moore said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 2 Oct. 2023 Back then, Graves worked at an oil refinery in California and fished for sockeye salmon in Alaska to raise funds for the restaurant. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2023 The popularity of Fat Bear Week allows park officials to direct attention to conservation efforts in the region, especially for the sockeye salmon run on the Brooks River, which the bears rely on for sustenance. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 12 Oct. 2023 Fat bears exemplify the richness of this area, a wild region that is home to more brown bears than people along with the largest, healthiest runs of sockeye salmon left on the planet. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 11 Oct. 2023 Bristol Bay is home to the largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery in the world, estimated to provide half the global supply of sockeye salmon. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2023 Cook Inlet’s situation is different from some of the other disasters, though, because there are plenty of sockeye salmon in the area. Elizabeth Earl For Alaska Journal Of Commerce, Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sockeye salmon was in 1869

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“Sockeye salmon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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