ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Copper River commerical salmon season opener awaits fishermen in Cordova, poised to make a profit on the prized fish they're able to catch, beginning Thursday.
It's the season many of the fishermen have been waiting months for, because Copper River salmon is prized by restaurant chefs and fish mongers as some of the best salmon in the world.
"The Copper River is a very strong, powerful river, so these fish naturally have to be a stronger animal to fight these currents and get up to the spawning grounds," said Billy Green with Copper River Seafoods. "Naturally, that helps produce a higher oil content, higher fat content and higher omega-3s that a lot of people associate with a healthy product."
The opener begins near Cordova at 7 a.m.
Weather forecasts call for sun and a high of 50 degrees in Cordova Thursday. Green says the good weather means its fishermen are going to be able to work at a faster pace, setting their nets more, and potentially bringing in more profit.