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Chum salmon

Order Salmoniformes
Family Salmonidae

Euryhaline fish (marine and freshwater) with regularly ossified skeleton. Body elongate, but becoming deeper with age, spawning males becoming slightly hump-backed. Tip of upper jaw reaching to somewhat behind eye, snout and lower jaw becoming somewhat hooked in spawning males. Dorsal finrays and an adipose fin behind it; pelvic finray, base below about middle of dorsal fin. Anal finrays. Caudal fin slightly forked. Scales small, 125-150 in lateral line. Colour bright silvery with no distinct black spots; spawning males dark olive, flanks reddish grey with crimson or lilac bars, females less distinctly marked.

FAO code
Oncorhynchus keta
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 18: the Arctic Ocean
  • Area 2: America, North - Inland waters
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 3: America, South - Inland waters
  • Area 4: Asia - Inland waters
  • Area 5: Europe - Inland waters
  • Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 67: the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
may jun jul aug
International denominations
Germany Keta-Lachs
China 大麻哈鱼
France Saumon kéta
Italy Salmone keta
Portugal Salmão cão
United Kingdom Chum salmon
Japan Shiro-zake
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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