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Marsh Skeele: Alaska Food Hero

Marsh Skeele: Alaska Food Hero

Marsh recognized for impact of Sitka Salmon Shares


Marsh Skeele: Alaska Food Hero | Sitka Salmon Shares

Marsh Skeele, Sitka Salmon Shares’ co-founder and vice president, is one of three recipients of the Alaska Food Policy Council’s 2020 Alaska Food Hero Award. This award recognizes individuals and organizations who “demonstrate a substantial impact on Alaska’s food system, transform an aspect of their community’s food system, and make a difference for Alaska’s prosperity, health and self-reliance.” Recipients of this award have positively transformed an aspect of their food sphere — in Marsh’s case, the impact that Sitka Salmon Shares has had on small-scale, community-based fisheries in Alaska.

With his father and sister, Marsh has a family history of fishing Alaska’s waters. Marsh grew up fishing in Southeast Alaska learning to love the valuable ecology, fish, and people in the Alaska wilderness. When Marsh and co-founder Nic Mink started Sitka Salmon Shares in 2011, their goal was to deliver the highest quality seafood to folks in the Midwest, where Nic is from, and benefit the lives of the small-boat fishermen in Southeast Alaska. Their work to transform community-based fisheries has become a prime example of how to create a market for responsibly harvested, high-quality fish.

Marsh and Nic cooking together
Nic and Marsh cooking something wild

The Alaska Food Hero Award recognizes Marsh for co-founding a company that has grown despite the COVID-19 pandemic and industry trade wars, where fish is nothing more than a commodity. Marsh and Nic have created a vision where fish is more than that and where the highest quality fish benefits both fishermen and consumers.

Congratulations to Marsh — you really are a food hero!

And a hearty thank you to our CSF members whose support makes a positive difference in the lives of Alaska communities and beyond.

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