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Copper River salmon at CostCo now

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I used to splurge once a year at Santa Monica Seafood for Copper River salmon, paying something insane like $35-$40 a pound. Can't do that anymore.
Who knew that CostCo carried it for $13.99 a pound....thought it was a typo. Was at Van Nuys branch today and got a beautiful 2-lb. ruby red piece for around $28.
Go catch em while you can.

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  1. holy moly! thanks for the heads-up, will swing by Culver City/MDR tomorrow :)

    1. i bought some and grilled it last night. very nice. but it's coho....not king. which is why you were paying $35-40.

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      1. re: perk

        Correct - King Salmon is 2x better. And I only paid $10 at Costco in CC last week

      2. Is the Copper River salmon at Costco farmed or wild?

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        1. re: Peripatetic

          in past years it's always been wild i assume (hope!) it still is...

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Dumb question ...

            Is there such a thing as "farmed" Copper River Salmon?

            http://politicsoftheplate.com/?p=583

            1. re: ipsedixit

              actually it's not a dumb question at all, ipse. some Copper River salmon is bred in hatcheries and then released into the wild.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I did some research before posting my dumb question (preparing myself to be told it was a dumb question) and the information seemed to be unclear. This page on sustainability mentions "fishery managers":

                  http://www.copperriversalmon.org/sust... (page 2)

                  That made me wonder whether even so-called "wild salmon" lived much of its life in a hatchery / fishery before being released into the wild.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Just my .02 but for consumption purposes, I think of farmed salmon as the stuff kept in pens and fed artificially colored feed until they're viable for harvest. For farmed salmon, the flavor is kinda flat with a dirty back palate. If the salmon are being hatched and raised as fry then released into the wild, I'd think the time out to sea and then traveling back home would be considered wild to me.

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      what would your opinion be if the hatched salmon are GMO salmon or are fed GMO ingredients including antibiotics or hormones before they are released into the wild?

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        what would your opinion be if the hatched salmon are GMO salmon or are fed GMO ingredients including antibiotics or hormones before they are released into the wild?
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                        I'd have no problem with that.

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          My knowledge on gmo salmon is limited to those being products of genetic modification that would enable the salmon to grow/put on weight faster than their unmodified counterparts (wild or farmed) on the same amount of feed within a given time frame.

                          I have no idea what they would be like if released into the wild, so I couldn't comment on that. If the hatched salmon (gmo or non-gmo) were being fed gmo, antibiotics and hormones, then released, the specimens themselves would probably get a jump from the special treatment, but once they lived out their life cycle in the wild, I'm guessing the non-gmo fish would be the same as any other - probably with just a statistically higher success rate. As for the gmo fish? Again, I have no idea as to what they would be like. Assuming that the gmo fish are just as capable in the wild as their wild counterparts, they'd just be bigger members of the school. My bigger concern in your scenario would be the issue of cross-breeding.

                          1. re: bulavinaka

                            My bigger concern in your scenario would be the issue of cross-breeding.
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                            bingo. that's the *number one* concern with GM salmon right now. if they escape and breed with wild salmon, there goes the genome...

                        2. re: bulavinaka

                          If the salmon are being hatched and raised as fry then released into the wild, I'd think the time out to sea and then traveling back home would be considered wild to me.

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                          Yeah, I really think its the level of activity of the fish that is more determinative of whether I will like the taste/texture than what it is fed.

                          Swimming upstream to spawn does wonders ...

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            "Swimming upstream to spawn does wonders ..."

                            For all of us : )

              1. Maybe the salmon will swim eastward soon, went to the Azusa Costco today, and they did not carry CR salmon. Maybe they will get their shipment soon.

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                1. re: reality check

                  I hope so! I was planning a trip to the Alhambra Costco tomorrow morning...will post if I catch anything.

                  1. re: khh1138

                    I saw it at the Alhambra Costco on Tuesday...next to the normal salmon at the back.

                    1. re: luckattack

                      Yes! Success! We're grilling it today over natural charcoal.

                2. I saw it at Burbank CostCo last Sunday, and in San Dimas on Mothers' Day.