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Copper River salmon arrives to lower 48 from Alaska

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Alaska Airlines Capt. Trent Davey carries a 55-pound Copper River king salmon down a red carpet after he flew the annual first air shipment of the prized fish from Alaska to the Seattle area early Friday morning.

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Alaska Airlines Capt. Trent Davey and first officer Andy Kullick hold up a 55-pound Copper River king salmon at Sea-Tac airport.

The first shipment of Alaska's prized Copper River salmon arrived early Friday morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport aboard an Alaska Airlines cargo flight from Cordova, Alaska.

Copper River salmon, known for its superiority in the culinary world, is prized for its high oil content and flavor. It typically brings the highest prices at restaurants and fish markets.

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Ted S. Warren / AP

Executive chef Pat Donahue, of Anthony's Restaurants, executive chef Wayne Johnson, of Ray's Boathouse, Frankie Ragusa, general manger of Ocean Beauty Seafoods, and executive chef Jason Wilson, of Crush, walk with a 55-pound Copper River king salmon on May 18.