Fish Out of Water: How One Prairie Town Built an Alaskan Seafood Pipeline
Civil Eats published an article outlining how Sitka Salmon Shares is executing the “unlikely” task of bringing sustainable seafood to the Midwest. Sitka Salmon Shares is a community supported fishery (CSF), but unlike many CSF’s, we aren’t limited by geography. According to the article, “Maybe the local aspect of the CSF is negotiable. Maybe you can have the intimacy and care and responsibility along with a supply chain that extends, say, 2,264 miles.”
The article goes on to tell the story of Sitka Salmon Share’s launch, when CEO and founder Nic Mink accompanied two students from Knox College on an internship to assist the Sitka Conservation Society (SCS). While there, Nic and his students worked on issues facing local, community-based, quality-driven fishermen, and tasted their fish, which were better than they had ever had in the Midwest. At the conclusion of the internships, they decided to bring some of these fish back as a fundraiser for SCS, selling the fish to friends in Galesburg, IL. When the fundraiser ended, their friends were already begging for more of the high quality seafood from Sitka. That is how the Sitka Salmon Shares idea came about.
Fisherman and co-founder Marsh Skeele was one of the first fishermen that Nic worked with on his first trip to Sitka. As someone who was immersed in sustainable fishing, Marsh cares deeply about how the fish gets to your table. For him, and all the fishermen of Sitka Salmon Shares, fishing is not merely about running a business and making money, but rather a story of the people who work hard to harvest the fish in a sustainable and responsible fashion, bringing you seafood that you can trace back to the source. That is the mission that Sitka Salmon Shares strives to fulfill.