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Rock star salmon

Alaska’s wild salmon is becoming a rock star.

As well it should.

It’s healthier and tastier — by far — than any of its manufactured carbon copies.

Alaska’s Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan cosponsored a resolution in the U.S. Senate recognizing September as “Alaska Wild Salmon Month.”

The resolution raises awareness of the sustainable Alaska wild salmon industry and its contribution to the health and economy of the U.S.

Every day and many months focus on something, calling attention to people, dates in history, causes and anything else that might be worth recognizing. Cheeseburgers? That, too.

But Alaska Wild Salmon Month is relevant to marketing the fish outside of Alaska. For that is the way to continue the demand for this sustainable seafood.

“Alaska’s fisheries remain the most abundant and sustainably managed in the nation,” Murkowski says. “Educating others about the strength of our fisheries, and the efforts to ensure that our wild stocks remain strong and healthy is so important.”

Alaska’s wild salmon industry is responsible for $2 billion in labor income and more than 38,000 jobs in the national economy, while the sport fishing industry in Alaska generates $500 million for the economy and creates 4,500 jobs. Commercial and sport salmon fishing and processing provide the most private-sector employment opportunities in the state, according to Murkowski.

The importance of wild salmon to Alaska and the nation isn’t small. It’s a big fish both in size — depending on the species — and in value. It’s value makes it a big deal. Sort of like a rock star.