SEATTLE -- It's here. The first shipment of Copper River salmon arrived at Sea-Tac airport Friday morning.
The fish received a near-royal welcome: Pilot Trent Davey carried a 55-pound king salmon off the plane. He held it over his head, then took it down the steps, across a red carpet and handed it to three Seattle chefs, competing in the annual "Copper Chef Cook-off."
About 20,000 pounds of the wild king salmon from the plane are headed to restaurants and stores. The airline carries hundreds of thousands of pounds of Copper River salmon a year.
Danielle Shearer, retail manager and buyer at Deep Sea Deli in Yakima, expects to have the salmon by the first week of June.
Deli owner Ted Klingele likely won't get it this week, as the price is so high, she said. Shearer said the deli will sell it for around $40 a pound.