The much-hyped Copper River king salmon hit Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market on Sunday, where fillets fetched an impressive $75 per pound. You get a bit of a break if you buy in bulk: An entire Cooper River king salmon costs nearly $56 per pound.
The coming of the Copper River salmon to Seattle is an annual event, beginning when flights from Alaska Airlines land at Seattle Tacoma International Airport with around 22,000 pounds of fish.
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Alaska Airlines then hosts a cooking competition with the first fish to leave the plane (the chefs participating in the cook off this year were John Sundstrom, Stuart Lane, and David Yeo). The event also acts as the inauguration of salmon season in fish markets starting with Pike Place, becuase the Copper River wild Alaskan salmon fishery is the first of the year to open.