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July 7, 2008 4:15 PM

First you can't, now Yukon

Posted by Nancy Leson

After the bad news about the king salmon fisheries on the Yukon River Delta, this good word just in from the Great North: the Alaska Department of Fish & Game are allowing a limited harvest of Yukon River king salmon, taken as "incidental catch" during the chum (keta) salmon run. Which will explain why you might find the "king of kings" on restaurant menus and at seafood counters this week. I just put in a call to a handful of restaurants I thought might have gotten their hands on the goods. No dice (so far) at Flying Fish, Ray's and Oceanaire Seafood Room. But you can grill your own at home. As I type, they're moving swiftly at Mutual Fish ($26.99/pound steaks, $29.99/pound filets), where a shipment was received this morning. And you can also find the kings at Wild Salmon Seafood Market at Fisherman's Terminal, where filets are selling for $24.99 pound. Get 'em while they're hot. Dinnertime's in the offing and they're not likely to be available for long. And if you're out and about and see the kings for sale, come back here and let me know, OK?

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