First Copper River salmon arrive in Seattle, Anchorage
May 19, 2014
The summer cookout season is heralded each spring by the arrival of the first Copper River salmon from Alaska.
An Alaska Air Cargo plane from Cordova touched down Friday morning and the pilots emerged with a 48-pound king salmon. They carried it down a red carpet and delivered it to three chefs for a ceremonial cook-off at Sea-Tac Airport.
The plane carried 24,100 pounds of salmon that were caught Thursday when the commercial gillnet season opened in Prince William Sound.
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