California Salmon Season Opens May 1

May 1 marks the opening day of the California commercial salmon fishing season, which continues through October 15.

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Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

“2013 is predicted to be a good year for California Kings,” says Aaron Newman, Chairman of the California Salmon Council. He adds, “California has traditionally been the leading producing state for troll-caught (hook-and-line) wild king salmon along the Pacific Coast. We’re projected to catch 3 million pounds this season, which is an increase over last year’s 2.5 million pounds.”

David Goldenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the California Salmon Council says, “This season reflects fishing opportunities along the entire California coast. This is good news for consumers because there should be a steady supply of wild, ocean- caught California kings.”

Newman says, “We want Californians to know that commercial fishermen are passionate conservationists.” Fishermen abide by regulations designed to ensure there will be a sustainable supply of these fish now, and in the future. As part of their commercial license, fishermen contribute into a fund, which is used to enhance restoration of rivers and streambeds to improve natural spawning grounds for these prized fish.

Newman wants consumers to know that not all salmon are alike. “Salmon species vary on where they’re caught, and whether they’re from the ocean or farm-raised. California salmon, or Chinooks, are called ‘kings’ because they are regarded as the most prized, as well as the largest, of the five species of Pacific salmon.”

Goldenberg adds, “Consumers should ask for California King Salmon, which is fresher, because they are caught locally off California’s coastline. King salmon have a higher oil content that adds to their natural robust flavor and deep coloring, a favorite among professional chefs.” Nutrition studies have found that eating fish, such as salmon, once a week reduces the risk of cardiac arrest, as well as increases cognitive function and reduced depression. Ocean-caught California King salmon have higher levels of the naturally occurring Omega-3 fatty acids that offer heart-protective attributes. Retail prices may average a little higher this year over farmed salmon, due to higher fuel costs for the boats and an increased demand for these seasonal fish.

For recipe information, visit http://www.calkingsalmon.org/.


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