sockeye salmon

sock·​eye salmon | \ˈsäk-ˌī- \

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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Their smoked sockeye salmon makes for a great souvenir. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "A Traveler’s Guide to Oregon City, aka ‘Portland Without the Weird’," 27 Sep. 2018 The administration is targeting a variety of products -- from sockeye salmon to bamboo mats -- forcing U.S. companies to scramble for suppliers outside China, absorb the import taxes or pass along the burden to their customers. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump imposes tariffs on additional $200B of Chinese goods," 18 Sep. 2018 For sockeye salmon, a statewide catch of about 52 million is down 1.8 million fish from 2017, which was the fifth largest red salmon harvest since 1970. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Trifecta of falling fish revenue is heading for Alaska fishermen, coastal communities," 2 Apr. 2018 The announcement came about a month after Fish and Game shut down the personal-use dipnet fishery, citing poor sockeye salmon numbers. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Chitina dipnet fishing to open Thursday amid rising sockeye numbers," 10 July 2018 Bristol Bay produces about half of the world’s sockeye salmon. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Alaska governor wants corps to suspend mine project review," 2 July 2018 That includes 185,000 pounds of frozen sockeye salmon valued at nearly $700,000; over 375,000 pounds of red king crab valued at more than $6.6 million and nearly 1.3 million pounds of snow crab worth $4.3 million. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Decline in Pacific halibut fishery not as severe as feared," 26 Mar. 2018 Bristol Bay produces about half of the world’s sockeye salmon. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Alaska governor wants corps to suspend mine project review," 2 July 2018 In Alaska, pink and sockeye salmon are the primary species, followed by chums. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Hagfish study looks at potential of ‘slime eels’ to become a new fishery for Alaska," 5 June 2018

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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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