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I'm hopeless with this.
When is the local salmon available?
I was in the Bowl last week and they had salmon that appeared to be fresh, from the way it was taged, but yesterday it was all "previously frozen". Is this due to the time of year? Fishing conditions? Should I look elsewhere?

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  1. Over fishing and Global warming hard to find local salmon. Bryan's Market has Alaskan wild salmon, no local.

    1. When is the local salmon available? Probably after April. The Klamath River run of salmon is endangered, since Klamath and Sacramento River salmon mix in the ocean, last season the commercial take of salmon was very restricted (limited). This season's regulations have not been set, IIRC there will be a series of meetings in early April.

      I was in the Bowl last week and they had salmon that appeared to be fresh, from the way it was taged, but yesterday it was all "previously frozen". Is this due to the time of year? Yes, fresh frozen is common when the local season is closed. IMO there is nothing wrong with fresh frozen. In the olden days, frozen fish was often an inferior product, today with the advances in freezing technology and the wide spread use; frozen is often a superior product to fresh. Frozen is superior to fresh when the fresh product is 1-2 weeks old. There is the farm raised option, those fish are usually not frozen.

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      1. California commercial salmon season varies from year to year and regionally but is roughly May through October. Fresh this time of year may be Alaskan or farmed.

        Here's some useful info about various types of salmon:

        http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/SeafoodWatch...

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        1. hello, at present you will occasionally find wild, fresh, California steelhead trout, which as you probably know is closer to salmon in taste due to its salmon-like life cycle. The farmed steelhead I've seen is much more trout like in size; wild specimens can exceed 20 lbs.