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Copper River salmon arrives to lower 48 from Alaska

Alaska Airlines Capt. Trent Davey carries a 55 lb. Copper River King Salmon down a red carpet on May 18, after he flew the annual first air shipment of the prized fish from Alaska early Friday morning in Seattle.
Alaska Airlines Capt. Trent Davey carries a 55 lb. Copper River King Salmon down a red carpet on May 18, after he flew the annual first air shipment of the prized fish from Alaska early Friday morning in Seattle.Ted S. Warren / AP

Alaska Airlines Capt. Trent Davey and first officer Andy Kullick hold up a 55 lb. Copper River King Salmon at Sea-Tac airport in Seattle.
Alaska Airlines Capt. Trent Davey and first officer Andy Kullick hold up a 55 lb. Copper River King Salmon at Sea-Tac airport in Seattle.Ted S. Warren / AP

The first shipment of Alaska's prized Copper River salmon arrived early Friday morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport aboard an Alaska Airlines cargo flight from Cordova, Alaska.

Copper River salmon, known for its superiority in the culinary world, is prized for its high oil content and flavor. It typically brings the highest prices at restaurants and fish markets.

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Executive chef Pat Donahue, of Anthony's Restaurants, executive chef Wayne Johnson, of Ray's Boathouse, Frankie Ragusa, general manger of Ocean Beauty Seafoods, and executive chef Jason Wilson, of Crush, walk with a 55 lb. Copper River King Salmon on May 18.
Executive chef Pat Donahue, of Anthony's Restaurants, executive chef Wayne Johnson, of Ray's Boathouse, Frankie Ragusa, general manger of Ocean Beauty Seafoods, and executive chef Jason Wilson, of Crush, walk with a 55 lb. Copper River King Salmon on May 18.Ted S. Warren / AP