Canadian Marine Life Encyclopedia
Also known as
Blueback, Kennerly’s salmon, kokanee, little redfish, pygmy salmon, silver trout
Throughout the North Pacific Ocean
Rivers and coastal seas
Order Salmoniformes (salmons); Family Salmonide (salmons, trouts & chars)
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The word sockeye comes from the Coast Salish name “sukkai,” once commonly used in southwestern British Columbia. It translates roughly to “fish of fishes.” Sockeye are the most iconic and sought after salmon species in British Columbia due to their bright red colour and emerald-green head during spawning, and their rich, bright pink, oily flesh. The rich colour and oil content of sockeye is thought to be because of their diet, which is high in zooplankton and shrimp.