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Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon

About Sockeye salmon :
Sockeye salmon are scientifically known as Oncorhynchus nerka. They are also called red salmon and blueback salmon in the USA. It is an anadromous types of salmon found in the Northern Pacific Ocean and rivers. There are also totally landlocked populations of the same genus, which are known as the kokanee. Sockeye salmon is the third most universal in Pacific salmon species, after chum salmon. The name "sockeye" is considered to be a folk version of the Anglicization

Reproduction :
Sockeye are slight blue with silver in color while living in the ocean. Just prior to breeding, both male and female turns red with greenish head. Males build up a hump on their back and the jaws and teeth turn into hooked during their shift from salt to fresh water. Sockeye lay eggs mostly in lakes and rivers. The juvenile fish generally known as fry spend up to four years in the freshwater lake before shifting to the ocean. But few of this young fish stay in the lake and do not migrate. Migratory fish spend from one to five years in sea water, and thus they are four to seven years old when they come back to spawn in summer. Routing to the home river is thought to be done by the characteristic odor of the stream, and probably the sun. Some fish spend as long as five years in fresh water lakes before shifting. In rivers devoid of lakes, many of the juvenile move to the marine soon after hatching. This salmon becomes adult after spending one to five years in the ocean.

Diet :
Sockeye salmon, not like other species of Pacific Salmon feed expansively on zooplankton in both freshwater and sea water. Their many gill rakes twist the plankton from the water. This food may be the cause for the striking type of their flesh, as well as their very little concentration of methyl mercury. They also lean to feed on tiny marine organisms for example shrimp. They also feed on insects when they are in the young stage.

Kokanee :
Some Sockeye survive and reproduce in lakes and are called kokanee. Kokanee is an Okanagan language for this kind of fish. They are smaller than the ones that are found in the ocean. In Okanagan Lake and many others rivers there are two kinds of kokanee populations - one lay egg in streams and one lay egg in the lake near the shore.

Sockeye salmon fish oil :
In Western medicine, thousands of research show the profit of omega-3 fatty acids found in this fish oil for the heart and circulatory organ. These nutrients help out to decrease low density lipoproteins and increase levels of good high density lipoproteins. These oily acids also lessen blood vessel condition, lesser fibrinogen that is the blood clotting factor, and keep platelets from becoming too clammy. Fish oil also helps to keep arteries from being blocked after a process known as balloon angioplasty.

About wild Alaskan Sockeye :
Wild Alaska Sockeye has dark blue-black color backs, silvery color sides and white stomach. The standard sized Sockeye Salmon is 6-10 pounds and are usually 4 to 6 years of age. The Sockeye salmon's flesh is dark red and is the most wanted after salmon in Alaska due to its magnificent flavor and color.