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Norway recognizes ‘hated pink salmon’ from Russia as superfood

In Norway, after studying the quality of fish in local rivers, they came to the conclusion that “hated by many pink salmon”, which got there from Russia, is not only tasty, but also capable of bringing financial benefits to fishermen. Portal writes about it NRK.

In recent years, pink salmon, commonly referred to as Pacific or Russian salmon, has become more common off the coast of Norway. Last summer, whole shoals of pink salmon were seen there, which went to spawn. Scientists feared that the Norwegian population of wild salmon would suffer because of this, in connection with which they caught as many pink salmon as possible before spawning.

Against this background, the Norwegian Institute for Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research – Nofima – for the first time investigated the properties of pink salmon – aroma, texture, fat content, color, as well as the fillet itself, part of which was smoked and the other part was sent for storage. “Pink salmon is of very high quality, it’s a superfood fish. It looks more like salmon, char and trout than aquacultured salmon,” Nofima’s Thorbjørn Thobiassen said.

The institute estimates that pink salmon’s short two-year life cycle keeps toxins from accumulating in the fish, and it also has tender roe that is in high demand, said senior researcher Sten Siikavuopio. Asked by journalists whether it is appropriate to “advertise fish that are harmful to Norwegian nature”, Tobiassen replied that “fish are already in our waters” and they can become “a valuable resource for job creation and economic benefits.” Siikavuopio added that it was only necessary to invent a fishing gear in order to “carefully weed out unwanted species.”

Pink salmon is found in the northern Pacific Ocean and began to spread in Norwegian waters from the 1960s from the Kola Peninsula region of Russia. Pink salmon are known to spawn in odd years, and there were a lot of them in 2021, which is why there was increased attention to them. A sharp increase in the population occurred in 2017, when their number grew from a few hundred fish to 11,000.

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