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Eating Pink salmon

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Hi folks, this year saw a lot of pink salmon appear in Scottish and Irish rivers. If next year proves similar I am keen to hear views on the eating quality and when to avoid eating one.

I've been told that because they spawn so soon after entering fresh water there is a small window of opportunity for eating one. Is this just a myth?

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I can't comment on that Piker as I've never fished them in rivers. We do however catch them when they are staging in salt just prior to going in the rivers. Good baked in an oven or smoked.

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Not the best tasting salmon (mostly found in cans in the US) but adequate when fresh from salt as others have mentioned. Did not know there were humpies in the Atlantic. Escapees from aquaculture farms? Is the population self-sustaining? Will be curious if you see the same two year cycle that is typical in the Pacific.

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Not the best tasting salmon (mostly found in cans in the US) but adequate when fresh from salt as others have mentioned. Did not know there were humpies in the Atlantic. Escapees from aquaculture farms? Is the population self-sustaining? Will be curious if you see the same two year cycle that is typical in the Pacific.

Not 'meant' to be here. Some think they have spread from stockings in Russia and the Baltic as they are not so precious as to where they run unlike the atlantics.

To be honest its mixed response here in UK. Some see it as nature dealing with things and its to be a bonus species to target, others are concerned about spawning bed competition, parr predation, and the general unknown of an alien species appearing in the waters.

Samples would suggest they are spawning successfully but whether that translates to surviving parr and returning runs????

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