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Alaska's Summer Salmon Season Officially Open

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ALASKA, US - The summer season for wild Alaska salmon has officially opened with a projected harvest of 132 million fish.

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Should the actual harvest match or exceed this figure, 2012 will mark the 25th consecutive year of a harvest in excess of 100 million salmon.

While initial openings are amongst the lower volume troll-caught salmon fisheries the season will go into full swing with more salmon returning throughout the summer and into September. Alaska salmon, like all fish harvested in the state, are wild, natural and sustainable thanks to a pristine habitat, careful fisheries management and laws prohibiting finfish aquaculture. Last years Alaska salmon harvest was the ninth largest on record, with a final total of 176 million fish.

American seafood consumption has increased along with a growing recognition of seafoods health benefits. Wild Alaska salmon is a high-quality source of protein and vitamins including D, B6, B12 and selenium as well as an excellent source for the omega-3 fatty acids that support brain and heart health.

Alaskas salmon fisheries are certified according to the world-standard FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Programme, based on the guidelines of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation, ensuring that the states prized fish will be available for generations to come.