Arctic Circle Salmon

The Copper River and Bristol Bay are world-class Alaska salmon fisheries. This week, your local Hy-Vee is featuring keta salmon from a fishery north of the Arctic Circle.

The species has experienced a surge in population in recent years with stable water conditions and water levels. This has produced larger harvest quotas and lower retail prices for customers, making keta salmon grow in popularity.

Fed by the pristine waters of the Noatak, Selawik and Kobuk Rivers, the nutrient-rich Kotzebue Sound provides an ideal habitat for ocean-caught keta. The Arctic keta fishery located here is integral to the community of Kotzebue, largely comprised of the Inupiat people, who have inhabited the region of Kotzebue since at least the 15th century. Kotzebue residents depend on subsistence fishing for their personal use and commercial fishing for income. Fishing has traditionally been the lifeblood of the community, and salmon are revered as a most precious resource.

 

Hy-Vee has partnered with Copper River Seafoods to help support the community and livelihood of the native residents by promoting this sustainable resource of wild keta salmon.

Arctic keta salmon are distinguished by their exceptionally high-quality taste, bright color, firm texture and high omega-3 fat content.  It’s the ideal salmon for those who prefer a milder flavor salmon and will complement any marinade or sauce. This salmon is great for grilling or cooking over a fire. It’s also great for smoking and serving cold in salads, sandwiches, dips and spreads.

Stop at your local Hy-Vee and try some of the finest keta salmon Alaska can provide. Every purchase will help support the fishermen of Kotzebue and their community.

Photo credit: Alsaka Seafood Marketing Institute & Copper River Seafood

Author: Kurt Johnson

I’m Kurt Johnson, and I am a meat and seafood supervisor for Hy-Vee, and have been in the industry for more than 40 years. Part of my job at Hy-Vee is to visit your local meat and seafood department to educate our employees and ensure we are offering you the highest-quality experience in stores.