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Photos: First Copper River salmon lands in Anchorage and Seattle

Chef Patrick Hoogerhyde receives the first Copper River salmon of the season at the Bridge restaurant in Anchorage on May 18, 2012. The restaurant opens for the season tonight and Salmon will be on the menu.
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Chef Patrick Hoogerhyde receives the first Copper River salmon of the season at the Bridge restaurant in Anchorage on May 18, 2012. The restaurant opens for the season tonight and Salmon will be on the menu.
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Chef Patrick Hoogerhyde discusses his plans for the first Copper River salmon of the season at the Bridge restaurant in Anchorage on May 18, 2012. The restaurant opens for the season tonight and Salmon will be on the menu.
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Chef Patrick Hoogerhyde discusses his plans for the first Copper River salmon of the season at the Bridge restaurant in Anchorage on May 18, 2012. The restaurant opens for the season tonight and Salmon will be on the menu.
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Chef Al Levinsohn smells the first Copper River salmon of the season at the Bridge restaurant in Anchorage on May 18, 2012. The restaurant opens for the season tonight and Salmon will be on the menu.
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The first Copper River salmon lands in Seattle on May 18, 2012.
Courtesy Alaska Airlines
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Alaska's most over-hyped salmon hit the market this week. Seattle television stations played it up as if the royals had a baby.

"First Alaska Copper River salmon arrive in Seattle"! 

Never mind that these fish come in second to farmed salmon in some blind taste tests, scary though that thought is to some of the foodies involved. Here is how someone at DallasFood.org reacted:

"So I ranked a beaten up, antibiotic-doped, mange-ridden piece of fish raised in an aquatic concentration camp higher than the most hyped, eulogized wild salmon raised against the background of the dramatic Alaskan wilderness with the theme from ‘The Sound of Music’ played 24 hours a day.’ "

READ MORE: If salmon fat equals taste, why aren't flabby farmed salmon tops?