Seattle has Big Appetite for Copper River Salmon

An annual rite of spring in Seattle - the arrival of the first planeload of Copper River salmon from Alaska - is scheduled Friday morning at Sea-Tac Airport.

Picture here is Alaska Airlines Capt. Bob Porter, right, holding up a 45 lb. Copper River Salmon as First Officer Scott Day looks on at left as they arrived with the first shipment of Copper River Salmon from Alaska at SEATAC for the 2011 season.

Tools

by Associated Press

SEATAC, WA- An annual rite of spring in Seattle - the arrival of the first planeload of Copper River salmon from Alaska - is scheduled Friday morning at Sea-Tac Airport.
   
A few of the first fish will hit the grill in a cook-off of local chefs in the Alaska Air Cargo warehouse.
   
Joining the competition this year is Master Sgt. Robert Schulman, a 31-year Air Force Reserve chef representing the 446th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
   
Copper River salmon are prized for their high oil content and flavor. They typically bring the highest prices at restaurants and fish markets.
   
Alaska Airlines carries hundreds of thousands of pounds of Copper River salmon a year.