The first opening for the Copper River commercial salmon season has taken place in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.
Valdez radio station KCHU reports (http://is.gd/S66pKp) the season opened Thursday morning for 12 hours for gillnet fishermen. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates the seasonal harvest at 1.6 million Copper River sockeyes, 22,000 kings and 280,000 pinks.
The first catch, about 18,000 pounds worth, will be flown early Friday morning to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Then three of Seattle’s top chefs will compete for best salmon recipe in the annual Copper Chef Cook-off held in the Alaska Air Cargo warehouse.
The judges are Seattle Seahawks placekicker Steven Hauschka, Seattle Mariners hall of famer player Jay Buhner and Alaska Airlines Chief Operating Officer Ben Minicucci.
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