Alaska Air Cargo delivers 22,000 pounds of Copper River salmon to Seattle
The season's first shipment of fresh Copper River salmon made the 1,300-mile journey from Cordova, Alaska, to Seattle onboard an Alaska Airlines 737 this morning, marking the start of the summer salmon grilling season. In addition to the 22,000 pounds of fish delivered this morning, Alaska has four flights scheduled throughout the day to bring up to 77,000 pounds of Copper River salmon to market in Anchorageand the Lower 48.
"Alaska Airlines plays a significant role in supporting the Alaska seafood industry, which is recognized worldwide for its sustainable fishing practices," said Jason Berry, Alaska Air Cargo managing director. "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, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Copper River Seafoods to bring the coveted fish to Seattle and Anchorage, and points beyond.
Eighth annual Copper Chef Cook-off
The winning Copper River salmon recipe will be announced on the airline's Twitter account @AlaskaAir. Salmon lovers are encouraged to share their favorite ways to eat Copper River salmon by tagging @AlaskaAir and using the hashtag #iflyalaska.
Fish fanatics who want to recreate the dishes can download the chef's recipes at http://blog.alaskaair.com/2017-copper-chef-recipes/ and learn what makes the Copper River salmon special and how the fishing industry in Alaska embodies the Alaska spirit on the Alaska Airlines blog at http://blog.alaskaair.com/destinations/2017-copper-river-salmon/.