All About Chinook/King Salmon

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

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

In honor of this amazing fish, our All About Salmon Series will highlight each species, starting with Chinook, or King Salmon.

As the largest of the Pacific Salmon species, Chinook are also referred to as King Salmon.

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.

Chinooks populations range from the central California coast to the central Canadian artic, spawning in larger and deeper water than other salmon species. After laying eggs, the females guard the red (nest) from four to 25 days before dying, while males seek additional mates.

Nine populations of Chinook are currently listed as either threatened or endangered.

Wild Pacific salmon are high maintenance when it comes to their habitat needs, although the views are worth it!

Salmon spend an average of one to three years in freshwater as juveniles. 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 systems that will ensure Chinooks thrive for generations to come.

Pacific salmon are an integral part of the West Coast’s history and cuisine.

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

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


Posted Jan 15th by Danielle