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Sockeye salmon

Order Salmoniformes
Family Salmonidae

Euryhaline fish (marine and freshwater) with regularly ossified skeleton. Body elongate, becoming deeper with age, spawning males a little hump-backed. Tip of upper jaw reaching well behind eye; snout and lower jaw becoming hooked and teeth enlarged in spawning males. Red salmon are blue tinged with silver in color while living in the ocean. When they return to spawning grounds, their bodies become red and their heads turn green.

FAO code
Oncorhynchus nerka
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 18: the Arctic Ocean
  • Area 2: America, North - Inland waters
  • Area 4: Asia - Inland waters
  • Area 5: Europe - Inland waters
  • Area 6: Oceania - 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 Rotlachs
China 红大麻哈鱼
France Saumon rouge
Italy Salmone rosso
Portugal Salmão vermelho
United Kingdom Sockeye salmon
Japan Beni-zake
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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