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

Examples of sockeye salmon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This summer, fishers in the world’s largest wild salmon habitat pulled a record-breaking 65 million sockeye salmon from Alaska’s Bristol Bay, beating the 2018 record by more than three million fish. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 In all, more than 600 sockeye salmon reached Lower Granite Dam this year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 That compares to a statewide average of just $0.76 a pound for sockeye salmon last year. Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2021 Trade data show that so far this year the U.S. has purchased nearly three million pounds of salmon from Russia valued at almost $11 million, of which nearly half of the volume and value was from sockeye salmon. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Oct. 2021 The fox was busy searching in the shallows for salmon carcasses – sockeye salmon that had died after spawning. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 The Bristol Bay watershed and area is regarded as one of the world's most important salmon fisheries, producing nearly half of the world's annual wild sockeye salmon catch. Ella Nilsen And Paul Leblanc, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 By July 9, Alaska’s statewide sockeye salmon catch was approaching 32 million, of which more than 25 million came from Bristol Bay. Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2021 Here anglers can zip out into the open ocean to hunt for king or silver salmon and halibut or venture down quieter streams in search of rainbow trout, dolly varden pink and sockeye salmon, and more. Travel + Leisure, 30 July 2021

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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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The first known use of sockeye salmon was in 1869

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11 Nov 2021

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“Sockeye salmon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sockeye%20salmon. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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