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.
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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.