Sustainable Salmon Fishing: An Interview with Sitka Salmon Shares fisher, Marsh Skeele
Mother Earth News had the opportunity to interview Sitka Salmon Shares fisherman and vice president Marsh Skeele about the fishing methods that are used by our fishermen. According to the article, “Sitka Salmon Shares opened to bring sustainable fish harvests straight from Alaskan lures onto Midwestern plates in a way that respects the targeted and non-targeted species, the ocean environment, and Alaskan ecosystems vital to aquatic populations.” Mother Earth News noted that Sitka Salmon Shares provided some of the most flavorful seafood they have ever tried.
The magazine expressed their enthusiasm about our fishing approach and our commitment to responsible fishing practices, especially at a time where fisheries around the world are collapsing due to overfishing and indiscriminate fishing. In the article, Marsh details how important it is to practice sustainable fishing habits, both for the health of the environment and for the future of fishing. One of the fishing practices that has been a contributor to severe overfishing is the use of factory bottom-trawlers. This is a practice that Sitka Salmon Shares avoids, as they often bring in “by-catch,” which is fish that are not targeted by the fishermen, which often end up dead and thrown back to sea. Avoiding such destructive practices will help ensure that ocean ecosystems stay healthy and Alaskan seafood can continue to be enjoyed for years to come.