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First Ever Alaska Wild Salmon Day Is August 10

Seafood lovers everywhere can celebrate Alaska's beloved wild fish with the hashtag #AskforAlaska


JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska's bounty of natural, sustainable and wild salmon are finally getting the spotlight with the first ever Alaska Wild Salmon Day on August 10. Proclaimed by Alaska Governor Bill Walker, August 10 will annually honor Alaska salmon as the quintessential taste of summer and the gold standard of salmon. To participate in Alaska Wild Salmon Day, salmon lovers worldwide are encouraged to share photos of wild Alaska salmon via their social channels with the hashtag #AskForAlaska - whether it be at home, in restaurants, or at the grocery store. Salmon fans in central parts of Seattle, Anchorage and Juneau can have even more fun celebrating Alaska Wild Salmon Day through the use of a special Snapchat geofilter, which will be active throughout the day and available within the Snapchat mobile app.


In addition to celebrating Alaska Wild Salmon Day with a favorite salmon dish and recipes from wildalaskaseafood.com, seafood lovers in select areas of Seattle, Anchorage and Juneau can have even more seafood fun through the use of a special one-daily-only Snapchat geofilter, or by including #AskForAlaska on social posts and following Alaska Seafood on Facebook (@alaskaseafood), Twitter (@Alaska_Seafood) and Instagram (@alaskaseafood). (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute)


As the number one source of wild salmon in the world, Alaska's king, sockeye, coho, keta and pink salmon make up more than 90 percent of all the wild salmon harvested in the United States. As mandated by the Alaska State Constitution, Alaska's fishing methods are among the most sustainable in the world to guarantee that Alaska salmon is natural, sustainable and of the highest quality.


For those looking to celebrate the taste of Alaska salmon in their home kitchens, some of the nation's top chefs have developed delicious recipes showcasing the flavorful fish:

    --  Chef Mandy Dixon of Homer, Alaska: Alaska Salmon Burgers with Rhubarb
    --  Chef Maria L. Hines of Seattle, Washington: Alaska Salmon and Lacinato
        Kale with Apple Bacon Vinaigrette
    --  Chef Rick Bayless of Chicago, Illinois - Chipotle-Glazed Wild Alaska
        Salmon with Spicy Peanut Salsa
    --  Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Los Angeles, CA - Border
        Grill Grilled Alaska Salmon Tacos with Corn Relish


For additional inspiration in the kitchen, YouTube Creator Justine Ezarik aka iJustine created a video demonstrating how to cook wild Alaska sockeye salmon with herbs and garlic using a simple recipe from the Alaska Seafood website.


"Alaska is home to some of the healthiest stocks of wild salmon in the world and as Alaskans, we take great pride in making sure our pristine waters continue to provide the best tasting, highest quality salmon for generations to come," said Alaska Seafood Communications Director Tyson Fick. "We're excited to have an official holiday to recognize our heritage and the chance to share it with the world through the hashtag #AskforAlaska."


For more information on wild Alaska salmon, visit www.wildalaskaseafood.com and follow Alaska Seafood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  For more reasons why to #AskForAlaska, check out 7 Reasons to Ask for Alaska Seafood.


7 Reasons to Ask for Alaska Seafood

WILD -- Alaska Seafood is wild-caught! There is no finfish farming allowed in Alaska.* The seafood is harvested in the wild, in the pristine waters off Alaska's rugged 34,000 mile coastline.

NATURAL -- Alaska Seafood is seafood at its natural best. Alaska boasts five species of salmon, shrimp, scallops, crab, and whitefish varieties that include pollock, halibut, Pacific cod, black cod, sole, and rockfish. They mature at a natural pace, swimming freely in the icy cold waters and eating a natural diet of marine organisms.

SUSTAINABLE -- Alaska's Seafood is eco-friendly. Alaska's abundant seafood species are part of healthy, intact ecosystems, and the fisheries are managed for sustainability. Ever since statehood, in 1959, Alaska's fisheries have been managed with the long term health of the stocks as top priority. This is mandated by the Constitution of the State of Alaska. Alaska's healthy marine environment and sustainable fisheries management are a model for the world.

FLAVOR -- The superior flavor and texture of Alaska seafood is prized around the world. They get their flavor and flesh color from their natural diet of marine organisms: in the case of salmon this includes krill and tiny crustaceans. Salmon migrate thousands of miles over the course of their lifetime, and all that exercise in cold water gives the fish a firm texture. Each of the five salmon species -- pink, keta, sockeye, coho, and king -- has its own characteristics of color and flavor.

VERSATILE -- Alaska seafood is easy to prepare. You can grill, poach, bake, sauté, and even take portions right from the freezer for cooking, putting a meal on the table in minutes.

HEALTHY -- Alaska seafood is health and nutritious. It is high in protein and low in saturated fat, and a natural source of "good fats" -- heart-healthy omega-3s.

U.S. JOBS for a HEALTHY ECONOMY -- Over half the seafood harvested by American fishing families is harvested in the waters off Alaska. Although many of the families fish from small vessels, and the seafood is usually processed in small communities, the Alaska seafood industry is a major economic engine: it is Alaska's largest private sector employer, providing work for 54,000 people and worth an estimated $5.8 billion to Alaska in direct and induced economic output.

For more information about wild Alaska seafood, visit Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

*Shellfish mariculture is legal in Alaska giving rise to a small oyster industry and fledgling geoduck clam operations. Alaska also has some salmon hatcheries to give juvenile salmon a "jump start." Eggs from local, wild broodstock are fertilized and the salmon spend the first part of their life cycle in the hatchery, and most are released when they are about the size of your smallest finger


About Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is a partnership of the State of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry. ASMI works to promote the benefits of wild and sustainable Alaska seafood and offer seafood industry education. For more than 50 years, Alaska has been dedicated to sustainable seafood. It's so essential to our way of life that our constitution mandates that fish are "utilized, developed and maintained on the sustained yield principle." The seafood industry is Alaska's largest private sector employer, and as a result, Alaskans understand the need to protect the fisheries and surrounding habitats for future generations. We're proud of our leadership in sustainable management, which has led to an ever-replenishing supply of wild seafood for markets around the world.


SOURCE  Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

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