Silver Salmon

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Silver Salmon


(Oncorhynchus kisutch), a migratory fish of the genus of Pacific salmon. It usually measures 60–65 cm long and weighs 3–4 kg; sometimes it can weigh as much as 14 kg.

The coloration is silvery; the back is bluish with small black spots. During the mating season the fish is dark crimson.

The silver salmon is distributed in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean. In the USSR it is found from the Amur and Sakhalin to the Anadyr’ River. It spawns in autumn and winter, approximately 5,000 eggs each time. The young live one or two years in fresh water; then they descend to the sea, where they grow quickly, reaching sexual maturity in 15–16 months. The silver salmon is of commercial significance; it is valued more than the dog salmon (keta).


Nikol’skii, G. V. Chastnaia ikhtiologiia, 3rd ed. Moscow, 1971.
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