Traceable Species

Sockeye Salmon


Bluebacks, Reds, Kokanee (landlocked), Quinault

Sockeye Salmon

One of the amazing sights of the world, the annual Sockeye run happens each summer when, drawn by natural forces, the salmon return to the rivers which gave them birth. They fight their way upstream against powerful currents, waterfalls and rapids, determined to spawn. Sockeye typically stick to rivers with a tributary to a lake. Once home, sockeye lay thousands of fertilized eggs in the gravel and promptly die, their carcasses providing food for bears, otters and eagles and returning nutrients to the rivers and rainforests for the next generation of salmon. Over months, a salmon embryo develops an eye, hatches into an alevin, which carries a yolk sack for food, and then becomes a free-swimming fry. Sockeye remain in lakes for one to two years, feeding and learning survival skills, before heading to the ocean. They spend one to four years feeding in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, and then mysteriously find their way home to spawn and continue the cycle of life.

Sockeye Salmon

Food Info Sockeye Salmon


TASTING NOTES

  • Colour: the richest red of all salmon, from deep orange to deep red
  • Texture: the firmest of Pacific salmon with medium-sized flakes
  • Flavour: a delicious, full-flavoured fillet whose high fat and oil content give it a distinctive richness
  • Perfect serve: Prized in Japanese cuisine, the sockeye’s firm, deep vermillion fillets are perfect for great-looking and tasting sashimi. Raw morsels, dipped in quality soy sauce with a dash of wasabi, quite literally melt in the mouth. 
HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY SOCKEYE SALMON
Species Range
Sockeye Salmon range Source: Fishbase.org
COMMON NAMES
Bluebacks
Reds
Kokanee (landlocked)
Quinault
Salmon Troll Area F - North Coast / Haida Gwaii Jun 09 - --
Salmon Troll Area G - West Coast Vancouver Island Apr 19 - --
Salmon Troll - T'aaq-wiihak Aboriginal Fishery Aug 01 - Aug 31

Sockeye salmon are distinguished by their bright red and rich fillets, which is also what makes them prized by sushi chefs. These salmon hatch in fresh water, spend part of their life feeding in the ocean and then “run” back to their natal rivers to spawn and die. They range from British Columbia’s Fraser River to Alaska and the Russian Far East, often migrating thousands of miles in the North Pacific.

Sockeye have a bright blue or bluish green back and silver belly. Upon returning to fresh water, their skin turns bright red with light green heads. They average in size from 5 to 8 pounds (2.3 to 3.6 kg). They are a muscular fish with large glistening scales. The sockeye’s oily richness and firm flesh make it perfect for barbequing. 

Fishing Methods

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Aboriginal Hook & Line Troll

This fishery uses hooks, lures and lines, trailed behind vessels at low speed, to catch salmon. Each salmon is individually hooked and hauled aboard by hand.

FISHERIES:
Go

{'fisheries': [<License: Salmon Seine Area A - North Coast / Haida Gwaii>, <License: Salmon Seine Area B - South Coast / Fraser River>], 'gear': <Gear: Salmon Purse Seine>}

Salmon Purse Seine

Seine fishermen encircle a large wall of netting around schools of salmon and pull the bottom of the netting closed, like a drawstring purse, to capture the fish.

FISHERIES:
Go

{'fisheries': [<License: Salmon by Beach Seine>], 'gear': <Gear: Beach Seine>}

Beach Seine

Fish harvesters encircle a large wall of netting around schools of salmon and pull the bottom of the netting closed, like a drawstring purse, to capture the fish.

FISHERIES:
Go

{'fisheries': [<License: Bristol Bay Salmon by Gill Net>, <License: Salmon First Nations - Barkley Sound>, <License: Salmon Gillnet Area C - North Coast / Haida Gwaii>, <License: Salmon Gillnet Area D - Vancouver Island>, <License: Salmon Gillnet Area E - Fraser River / Georgia Strait>], 'gear': <Gear: Gill Net>}

Gill Net

This fishery uses curtains of netting suspended by a system of floats and weights to catch salmon. The fine netting is almost invisible so salmon unwittingly get caught in the mesh.

FISHERIES:
Go

{'fisheries': [<License: Salmon Troll Area F - North Coast / Haida Gwaii>, <License: Salmon Troll Area G - West Coast Vancouver Island>, <License: Salmon Troll Area H - Inside Passage>], 'gear': <Gear: Hook and Line Troll>}

Hook and Line Troll

This fishery uses hooks, lures and lines, trailed behind vessels at low speed, to catch salmon. Each salmon is individually hooked and hauled aboard by hand.

FISHERIES:
Go

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