Oh Canada. Time for the salmon
Its June and the summer fishing season is starting in British Columbia, so it’s time for all the wild caught salmons, the Black cod and the Pacific halibut. I’ll come to the salmon in a minute, but first, the product you’ll see being touted over the next month are the BC spot prawns. They are available live during the harvest season, which starts now and lasts only from six to eight weeks. Wild BC spot prawns are a delicacy known around the world for their sweet, delicate flavour and firm texture. Most are fished and exported across the Pacific. But in these times, you may be able to get your hands on them. Look out for them!
And what about the salmon? Canadian salmon that is. I ranted a few weeks about the ignorance of some buyers, heading into stores and buying product called white fish or even red salmon. My goodness, I was shocked that the supermarkets can even get away with that. But then it’s us, the buyers, who let them. So, let’s just dwell a little on Canadian salmon.
For a starter, here I am talking real Canadian salmon. That is wild caught salmon. Not farmed. Again I’ve ranted about that in the past, especially the farming of Atlantic Salmon in BC waters. I wont bore you with details, just go to that post ( CANADA’S SALMONS, MORE TO THE STORY ). Ok, one can call salmon ‘red’ but that is not clear enough. Red salmon is a generic name, which covers Chinook, King and even Sockeye. The darker the colour, the better the flavour. And why are they red? Ill let you google that. Possibly because of what they eat? What are the pink salmon?
Seriously, what we are looking at are different qualities of salmon and of course this means different price points. There are slight taste and texture differences between the Chinook and Sockeye for instance, and your preference will depend on your pallet. Pink is much cheaper so don’t get caught out.
And are there going to be any salmon this year? Did you know that they don’t always run? This year, In 2020, a run of approximately 4.3 million sockeye salmon is forecast to return to the the BC Upper Cook Inlet with a commercial harvest of 1.7 million. This forecasted commercial harvest in 2020 is 1.4 million less than the 20-year average annual harvest, according to the Department of Fish and Game. The run forecast for the Kenai River, the dominant sockeye system, is approximately 2.2 million sockeye salmon. That mark is 1.4 million (38%) less than the 20-year average run of 3.6 million, The run in 2019 also fell fewer than its forecast of about 6 million fish. In addition, the early run of king salmon in the Kenai River has been declining for a decade. Not good news eh. But still, go enjoy the salmon, but make sure you know what you are getting.
CCH 2020 June