All About Coho/Silver Salmon

Oncorhynchus kisutch 

i love blue sea now carries all five species of wild Pacific salmon, each unique in look and taste.

In honor of this amazing fish, our All About Salmon Series highlighted each species, this last post dedicated to Coho, or Silver Salmon.

Coho salmon are also referred to as Silvers,

Historically, wild Pacific salmon spawned (hatched) in every river from Los Angeles to Alaska. Today, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest are most known for their salmon populations. Salmon belong to the genus Oncorhynchus—the Greek translation describing the hooked lower jaw of male salmon during mating season.

Coho salmon are found throughout the northern coastal waters of Alaska and British Colombia, and as far south as Monterey Bay in Central California.

For a long time Coho were the most commercially sought after species. As a result, their populations are depleted in many areas. Four populations of Coho salmon have been identified as endangered or threatened in WA, OR, and CA.

Coho spend one to two years in freshwater, and require small headwater streams before they migrate to the open ocean.

Salmon are high-maintenance fish when it comes to their habitat needs. Spending one to three years in freshwater, they need a clean, cool, productive estuarian environment with vegetation and woody debris for camouflage, shelter, and foraging habitats. Adult salmon also need healthy saltwater habitats. In the open ocean they acquire the strength needed to travel back upstream, escape predators, and spawn before dying.

Salmon have beautifully complex life cycles, and by purchasing wild Pacific salmon, we support responsible fisheries and healthy water management to ensure that they thrive for generations to come.

Coho salmon are integral to the Pacific Northwest's cuisine and history.

i love blue sea is dedicated to rewarding salmon fishermen and women, like our partners at Loki Fish Co, for their sustainable fishing practices

Whether smoked, canned, baked, or served raw sashimi-style, we can personally attest that all 5 are delicious.

Posted Mar 14th by Danielle