It is a small fish in size among salmon - its length reaches up to 75 cm, its weight is about 1.5-3 kg. In Russia, sockeye lives near Kamchatka, is less common on Sakhalin. The red salmon differs from other salmon in that spawning occurs in lakes and exactly where the keys come out. Developed homing allows you to spawn in the place where the fish was born. The period of spawning of red salmon from April to the end of November. A high number of fry appears in August.
Red salmon has a silver color, therefore, it is often confused with females of pink salmon. But in fresh water, the fish gets a bright scarlet color, and the head becomes dark green. Therefore, its second name is red or simply red. After entering the lake, the fish begins to slowly die as a result of the processes occurring in the body.
The diet of red salmon includes small plankton - Kalanida crustaceans. When feeding pigment crustaceans enter the body of fish, as a result, the meat of the red salmon becomes a pronounced red hue. The high density of meat of red salmon allows you to use it when smoked on a large scale. Due to the presence of a poisonous toxin in red salmon meat, it is very important to properly carry out its preparation, to observe the necessary terms and conditions of freezing.