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Alaska’s Copper River salmon arrive in Seattle

SEATTLE — The first shipment of Alaska’s Copper River salmon arrived this morning at Sea-Tac Airport aboard an Alaska Airlines cargo flight from Cordova.

Pilot Trent Davey carried a 55-pound king salmon off the plane. He held it over his head, then took it down the steps, across a red carpet and handed it to three Seattle chefs, competing in the annual “Copper Chef Cook-off.” Some raw salmon bits were handed out to airline employees and other guests.

Copper River salmon are prized for their high oil content and flavor. They typically bring the highest prices at restaurants and fish markets.

About 20,000 pounds of wild salmon from the plane are headed to restaurants and stores for consumers. The airline carries hundreds of thousands of pounds of Copper River salmon a year.