Thousands of miles away from any significant sources of pollution, Alaska´s waters are among the cleanest in the world. A marine habitat is this pure provides a seafood harvest remarkably free of contaminants. Wild Alaska Salmon, Cod, Halibut are prime examples of the quality fish harvested from a truly pristine environment. These fish are wild-caught after being allowed to mature at their own pace while feeding freely on their natural diet.
The clear waters of Alaska are the world's best supply for wild salmon. All Alaska Wild Salmon are born in the fresh, icy waters of the state's pristine streams, rivers and lakes. They migrate to salt water, where they mature before returning to the waters of their birth to lay their eggs and continue the cycle. Alaska Wild Salmon are harvested during these seasonal "runs.”
Alaska Wild Salmon, with its bright red color and great taste, is perfect for all occasions. Known for its firmness and wonderful richness of flavor, Alaska Wild Salmon also offers amazing health benefits. It's a great source of high quality protein and essential amino acids, including crucial Omega-3 oils. Those who appreciate fine food have always prized this remarkable catch. While the proliferation of salmon 'farms' in the 1990's created hard times for the 'wild' industry, this delicacy is once again in great demand by chefs and consumers seeking pure, natural foods with superb taste and nutrition. Modem air transport means that salmon caught one day in Alaska can realistically be featured on menus around the world just a day or two later.
This choice product is wild, organic, nutritious, and sustainable. Though you'll enjoy it for the taste alone, savor these healthy points as well: Alaska Wild Salmon is a powerhouse of nutrition, loaded with protein, essential amino acids, vitamins A, B6, B12, D and E, as well as niacin, riboflavin, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and Omega-3 fatty acids - all while being low in saturated fat!
The properties of Alaska Wild Salmon are believed to play a major role in fighting such ailments as heart disease, cancer, mental health disorders, vision problems, allergies and autoimmune disorders.
The handling of the catch is important for the quality of the product provided. This includes on-time delivery to the processors, the processing, and the transportation so the end user can be assured of receiving the best quality salmon.
Wild Alaska Salmon Direct takes special care on the handling of its fish so that only the best of the catch is used for its Products. In addition we also carry other species of fish form the waters of Alaska such as halibut, cod and crab.
Pending availability the following is a product list:
North Pacific SalmonThere are five species of North Pacific native salmon in the genus Oncorhynchus. These species are commonly called the Chinook, Coho, pink, chum and sockeye. They are all considered to be anadromous, meaning that they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce. They may travel thousands of miles in the ocean and are able to return to their natal stream by the use of sensing Earth's magnetic fields (like migrating birds) to find their way. Then they use their acute sense of smell to swim upstream - taking each fork as it comes - to the place where they hatched. All the North Pacific salmon die after spawning - providing food for predators or decomposing to release their nutrients into the stream or surrounding terrestrial area.
Chinook Salmon (King, Tyee, Springer or Quannat)
Lightly spotted on their blue-green back, Chinook salmon live from five to seven years and weigh up to 120 lbs. Also known as springs or kings, they are the most prized game salmon for sport fishers.
The chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (derived from Russian ??????, which in turn comes from a common name used among natives in Alaska and Siberia), is an anadromous fish that is the largest species in the salmon family. It is a Pacific Ocean salmon and is variously known as the king salmon, tyee salmon, Columbia River salmon, black salmon, chub salmon, hook bill salmon, winter salmon, Spring Salmon, Quinnat Salmon and blackmouth. Chinook salmon are highly valued, due in part to their relative scarcity compared to other salmon along most of the Pacific coast.
Coho Salmon (Silver or Silverside)
Bright silver in color, Coho salmon live three years, weigh up to 15 lb. (6.8 kg), and are a popular game fish for sport fishers. Coho's versatile full flavor is coupled with fine-textured, consistently red flesh.
During their ocean phase, Coho have silver sides and dark blue backs. During their spawning phase, the jaws and teeth of the coho become hooked. They develop bright red sides, bluish green heads and backs, dark bellies and dark spots on their backs. Sexually maturing coho develop a light pink or rose shading along the belly and the males may show a slight arching of the back. Mature adults have a pronounced red skin color with darker backs and average 28 inches (71 cm) and 7 to 11 pounds (3.2 to 5.0 kg) occasionally reaching 36 pounds (16 kg). Mature females may be darker than males, with both showing a pronounced hook on the nose.
Sockeye Salmon (Redfish, Red, Blueback)
A blue-tinged silver in color, sockeye salmon live four to five years, weigh up to 7 lbs., and are the slimmest and most streamlined of the five species of Pacific salmon. It is the most sought-after salmon species due to its rich flavor and firm, deep red flesh.
Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), also called red salmon or blueback salmon, is an anadromous species of salmon found in the Northern Pacific Ocean and rivers discharging into it. There are also completely landlocked populations of the same species, which are known as the kokanee. Sockeye salmon is the third most common Pacific salmon species, after pink and chum salmon. The name "sockeye" is believed to be a folk adaptation of the anglicization of s??´q?y?, its name in Halkomelem, the language of the indigenous people along the lower reaches of the Fraser River.
Pink Salmon (Humpy or Humpback)
Living only two years, pinks are the smallest of the Pacific salmon. They have heavily spotted backs over silver bodies. Pink salmon are the most plentiful of the five species.Pink Salmon is one of the most delicious members of the salmon family. Incidentally, the salmon family also includes trout and char. Canned salmon holds NOTHING compared to those that are caught in the wild and, above all, FRESH! So to add to the quality of your fish eating life,
In the ocean, pink salmon are bright silver fish. After returning to their spawning stream, their coloring changes to pale grey on the butt with yellowish white belly (although some turn an overall dull green color). As with all salmon, in addition to the dorsal fin they also have an adipose fin. The fish is characterized by a white mouth with black gums, no teeth on the tongue, large oval-shaped black spots on the back and v-shaped tail, and an anal fin with 13-17 soft rays. During their spawning migration, males develop a pronounced humped back, hence their nickname "humpies". Pink salmon average 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg) in weight. The maximum recorded size was 30 inches (76 cm) and 15 pounds (6.8 kg).
Chum Salmon (Dog, Calico)
Resembling sockeye, chum (or keta) salmon have black specks over their silvery sides and faint grid-like bars. They live three to five years and weigh up to 10 lbs. Chum salmon offers a milder, more delicate flavor with a creamy pink to medium red flesh color.
The chum salmon, Oncorhynchus keta, is a species of anadromous fish in the salmon family. It is a Pacific salmon, and may also be known as dog salmon or Keta salmon, and is often marketed under the name Silverbrite salmon. The name Chum salmon comes from the Chinook Jargon term tzum, meaning "spotted" or "marked", while "Keta" comes from the Evenki language of Eastern Siberia via Russian.
Alaskan Halibut A delicacy
Is a flatfish of the genus Hippoglossus from the family of the right-eye flounders (Pleuronectidae). Various other flatfish are also commonly called halibut. The name is derived from haly (holy) and butt (flat fish), for its alleged popularity on Catholic holy-days. Halibut live in both the North Pacific and the North Atlantic oceans and are highly regarded food fish.Halibut is prized for its delicate sweet flavor, snow-white color and firm flaky meat. It is an excellent source of high-quality protein and minerals, low in sodium, fat and calories and contains a minimum of bones.
Halibut is very versatile in the kitchen, as well, with many recipes for baking, broiling, pan-frying, deep-frying, poaching or barbecuing.
A fletch refers to a large halibut fillet. One halibut will yield four fletches. Halibut also yield roundish cheeks which are extracted from their head area. Halibut cheeks are sweet flavored and are considered a delicacy.
The halibut is the largest flat fish, averaging 11–13.5 kilograms (24–30 lb), but catch as large as 333 kilograms (734 lb) have been reported; the largest recently recorded was 211 kilograms (470 lb) and 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) long. They are gray-black on the top side with an off-white underbelly. At birth they have an eye on each side of the head, and swim like a salmon. After about 6 months one eye migrates to the other side, making them look more like other flounder. At the same time the stationary-eyed side darkens to match the top side, while the other side remains white. This color scheme disguises halibut from above (blending with the ocean floor) and from below (blending into the light from the sky) and is known as countershading.
King crabs, also called stone crabs, are a superfamily of crab-like decapod crustaceans chiefly found in cold seas. Because of their large size and the taste of their flesh, many species are widely caught and sold as food, the most common being the red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus.
King crabs are generally thought to be derived from hermit crab-like ancestors, which may explain the asymmetry still found in the adult forms. Although some doubt still exists about this theory, king crabs are the most widely quoted example of carcinisation among the Decapoda. The evidence for this explanation comes from the asymmetry of the king crab's abdomen, which is thought to reflect the asymmetry of hermit crabs, which must fit into a spiral shell. Although formerly classified among the hermit crabs in the superfamily Paguroidea, king crabs are now placed in a separate superfamily, Lithodoidea.
ParalithodesRed (P. camtschaticus) and blue (P. platypus) king crabs are some of the most important fisheries in Alaska, however populations have fluctuated in the past 25 years and some areas are currently closed due to overfishing. The two species are similar in size, shape and life history. Habitat is the main factor separating the range of blue and red king crabs in the Bering Sea. Red king crabs prefer shallow, muddy or sandy habitats in Bristol Bay and Norton Sound, while blue king crabs prefer the deeper areas made up of cobble, gravel and rock that occur around the Pribilof, St. Matthew, St. Lawrence and the Diomede Islands.
Red king crabs have an 11-month brood cycle in their first reproductive year and a 12 month cycle thereafter. Both red and blue king crabs have planktotrophic larvae that undergo 4 zoeal stages in the water column and a non-feeding, glaucothoe stage which is an intermediate stage which seeks appropriate habitat on the sea floor.
Red king crabs make up over 90% of the annual king crab harvest.
Main article: Paralithodes camtschaticus