Alaskan Pink Salmon (Humpback)
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A 6-ounce serving of pink salmon has 197 calories, 5.9 grams of fat, and 33.9 grams of protein. Also known as humpback or humpie salmon, wild Alaskan pink salmon is very similar to keta salmon in terms of its mild taste and perception as a lower-grade wild salmon. Aside from the color, the biggest difference between pink and keta salmon is the texture; pink salmon isn’t as flaky. So, while pink salmon may be viewed as a lower-quality salmon for standalone fillets, the softer flesh and milder taste can make it a high-quality ingredient for soups, stews, and casseroles. Pink salmon migrate almost immediately to the ocean as they develop. In the ocean, they eat plankton, small fish, squid, and aquatic insects. This is the most abundant, widely-caught salmon in the Pacific Ocean. In 2019, it’s estimated that 138 million wild Alaskan pink salmon will be caught—nearly twice the number that was harvested the year before. Because of the two-year life cycle of this species, these differences are expected between even and odd-numbered years. Nevertheless, there should be a robust market for pink salmon this year. The average pink salmon is about 18-25 inches long and weighs between 3-5.5 lbs.
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