Sockeye Salmon

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

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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


Updated May 15, 2015