Alaska restaurant battles Seattle for first fish

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Anchorage seafood restaurant is heralding its grand opening by mimicking Alaska Airlines' splashy salmon show in Seattle.

The Seattle-based airline makes a big production each year of delivering the first-of-the-season Copper River king salmon from Alaska to Seattle for preparation by top chefs, who got their celebrated bounty on Friday.

Hours later, an Anchorage-based seafood processor delivered a 30-pound king and a seven-pound sockeye salmon with much fanfare at The Bridge Seafood Restaurant, which is set for its grand opening at 4 p.m. The flashy delivery was a re-enactment of sorts of the famous king toss at Pike's Market in Seattle.

Even as chefs compete for first fish, wild salmon lovers everywhere will be heartened to know the king season has begun.