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Seeing a lot of Copper River Sockeye here in Cali. Gimmick?

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Seeing a lot of Copper River Sockeye here in Cali. Gimmick?

pushslice | Jun 13, 2007 05:07 PM

Is this the real thing or at least a good deal at $9.99/lb? I thought Copper River salmon was always king/Chinook, and when I used to get it up in WA state, it was much closer to $20/lb.

Now Costco & Safeway have this CR wild *sockeye* salmon for 10 bucks. and these particular stores are ones that previously only rarely offered wild Alaskan/Pacific salmon, much less the heralded CR variety. FWIW, the filets they had at Safeway look very deep in color, much like the 'true' CR Chinook I had seen in the past.

So, is Copper River, AK, enjoying an enormous bumper crop this year, or is the moniker now just being thrown about liberally?

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