Alaskan Copper River salmon: licensed to grill

18 / 05 / 2018

  • An Alaska Air Cargo B737 freighter

More than 16,000 lbs (seven tonnes) of fresh Copper River salmon arrived in Seattle today on a "fish-filled" Alaska Airlines aircraft.

Today officially marks the beginning of the summer salmon grilling season that is anticipated by seafood lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

In total, Alaska Air Cargo has three more flights scheduled throughout the day to bring in an additional 48,000 lbs (21 tonnes) of salmon to market.

"Alaska Airlines plays a significant role in supporting the Alaska seafood industry, which is recognized worldwide for its sustainable fishing practices," said Jason Berry, managing director at Alaska Air Cargo.

"Our Cargo employees are working around the clock to ensure we deliver the first catch of the coveted wild Copper River salmon to market, often within 24 hours of being pulled from the water."

Every year Alaska Air Cargo partners with the state of Alaska's three largest seafood processors, Trident Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, and Copper River Seafoods to bring the coveted fish to Seattle and Anchorage, Alaska, where it will then be delivered to restaurants and grocery stores throughout the Pacific Northwest, and across the country.