The fishing vessel Desire, skippered by Bob Gudmundson and sons Thor and Traesti, intercept the mature Wild Alaskan Salmon in Sumner Strait, an East-West Channel which leads directly to the Stikine River system. The fish are at their fittest and brightest having passed from the Pacific Ocean around Cape Ommany and through Cape Decision into the inside waters of South East Alaska. At their harvest they have been in inside waters for under 30 miles.
In another day, their fellow travelers will be up the Stikine River. As they enter the fresh water system they will stop feeding and use their remaining strength to swim through volumes of swiftly moving water, resting in back eddies, using the incoming tides to help propel them forward over the wide flats at the mouth of the Stikine. Their bodies are of a muscle tone uniquely prepared by their Pacific journey that no water treading farmed counterpart could remotely approximate.
No wild thing consumed in such quantity by humans exists in this world living such an extraordinary and free life. Of all other wild sea creatures, only salmon are harvested at their peak of vitality just weeks or days prior to the end of their natural life cycle. Other so-called wild creatures raised for large scale human consumption must be farmed thereby losing the definition and experience of being truly wild.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has put together a detailed nutritional information chart. View it here.