A Message to our Community
Dear Members and Friends,
As we kick off our 2021 season and the world grapples with a broken industrial seafood industry, we’re compelled to remind you why Sitka Salmon Shares is different. Our small-boat fishermen offer an answer to the riddle of what is (and isn’t) a responsible seafood choice.
Small-boat fishermen leave more fish in the water than bigger boats. Small-boat fishermen produce higher-quality seafood because they focus on quality over quantity. And small-boat fishermen are deeply invested in maintaining fisheries forever. After all, their livelihoods and businesses depend on it — and so do their futures.
While the global seafood system suffers from mismanagement and unenforced regulations, Alaska is world renowned for its strict, science-based policies. Our small-boat fishermen harvest their fish from strictly managed and rigidly enforced fisheries and put quality and environmental stewardship first. We pay them above-industry prices for their efforts, giving them a chance in an industry where the big guys dominate.
You’ll never find a fish from us caught with high-impact trawl or bottom trawl gear used in industrial fishing. Our harvesting methods include hook-and-line fishing, specially designed crab and shrimp pots, and small-scale salmon gillnets. These methods are designed to target specific species and minimize undersized or incidental catch. What’s more, these fishing methods bring you higher quality fish.
As a consumer, one of the best ways you can help improve the seafood industry and promote the health of our oceans is to know and trust who catches your seafood, where it comes from, and how it was caught. We believe that responsible food systems are built on accountability and transparency. We work tirelessly to tell you about our practices and will always answer your questions honestly.
Thank you for being a part of our community. Let’s keep working to build a better seafood system — together.