All About Pink/Humpy Salmon

Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

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 will highlight each species, this one dedicated to Pink Salmon, or Humpies.

Pink salmon are also referred to as Humpies, named for the small hump on their backs.

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.

Pink salmon are the most abundant and smallest of the Pacific salmon, weighing an average of 3.5-4.0 pounds. They spawn in late June to mid-October in coastal streams—in the intertidal zone or at the mouth of streams where there is a mixture of shall groundwater and surface water. With the lowest fat content of all salmon, Pinks are most frequently used for canning.

With a short two-year life cycle, Pink salmon migrate to the ocean soon after hatching.

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.

By purchasing wild Pacific salmon, we support responsible fisheries and healthy water management to ensure that they thrive for generations to come.

Pink 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 Feb 1st by Danielle