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Sockeye Salmon
Sockeye salmon in a stream. Courtesy of NOAA/USFWS.

Sockeye Salmon Fun Facts:Sockeye Salmon. Courtesy of Travis Nelson, Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, NOAA

  • Sockeye salmon are anadromous, living part of their lives in freshwater and part of their lives in saltwater.

  • Sockeye salmon spawn only once.

  • When adult sockeye are ready to spawn, they typically turn bright red, with a green head; hence they are commonly called "red" salmon in Alaska.
Source: All information from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce).
Columbia River Basin Map. Courtesy of SalmonRecovery.gov
 

Last Updated: October 2010