Salmon aluminum character jug produced by Arthur Court of Brisbane, California, circa 2002. Salmon is the common name for several commercially important species of euryhaline ray-finned fish from the family Salmonidae, which are native to tributaries of the North Atlantic and North Pacific basin. Other closely related fish in the same family include trout, char, grayling, whitefish, lenok and taimen. Salmon typically hatch in the gravel beds of shallow freshwater streams, migrate to the ocean as adults and live like sea fish, then return to fresh water to reproduce. However, populations of several species are restricted to fresh water throughout their lives. A small fish forms the handle of the jug.