Pink Salmon

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Pink salmon or humpback salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) is a species of anadromous fish in the salmon family. It is the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon. In the ocean, pink salmon are bright silver fish. After returning to their spawning stream, their coloring changes to pale grey on the butt with yellowish white belly (although some turn an overall dull green color). As with all salmon, in addition to the dorsal fin they also have anadipose fin. During their spawning migration, males develop a pronounced humped back, hence their nickname "humpies". Pink salmon average 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg) in weight. The maximum recorded size was 30 inches (76 cm) and 15 pounds (6.8 kg).

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Pink salmon come around July they are good to eat when they are dry. We get them from the ocean with net or a fishing rod. But when it is wavy we don’t go fishing until it get better weather. When they come they are fat and when they go up the river they get skinny and the male gets a hump on their back.

We cut the fish into fillets and put slits on them and hang them to dry. Some people also make them into smoke fish or canned fish. They also make aged fish heads or salted fish, also they can make half dried fish.




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