Wild for Alaskan Salmon
Caught by Alaskan fishermen and in season now. Sustainably sourced, wild, and always fresh, never frozen.
Fresh from Alaskan fishermen.
Fishing isn’t just a pastime in Alaska. Generations of families have spent their lives on the state’s wild, untamed waters to make a living and put food on the table. They’re proud of their work, and we’re proud to bring you salmon harvested with such sustainable practices.
Few take greater care with each salmon than Alaskan fishermen. Commercial fishing is important enough in Alaska that they built sustainable practices right into the constitution. That way, wild salmon is abundant for many generations to come. We think Claire and Peter—two Alaskan commercial fishermen—sum it up best:
“When you choose wild Alaska seafood, you’re supporting the entire system behind the commercial fishermen—the village, the local seafood processor, the college kid working on the slime line, the local net maker, the boat mechanic who is more of a family member than a friend to the fishermen. You are respecting and honoring the generations of fishermen who have braved the sea for glory and gain before us, respecting how people have worked with—not against—the land, and made use of everything without excess waste. You are giving us a purpose, a place, a chance to be independent in our livelihoods.”
Working as Alaskan fishermen is often a family affair, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Just take a look at the Frostad family’s typical day to see for yourself.
Dedicated to sustainability.
Sustainability as it applies to seafood is all about making sure fisheries can exist long-term without compromising the survival of the species or the health of the surrounding ecosystem. In layman’s terms, it’s about making sure we can enjoy fish like wild Alaskan salmon for a very long time without harming the salmon population.
Alaska’s precautionary approach to resource management is a model for the world, and one reason we work hard to offer Alaskan salmon and other Alaskan seafood in our stores. The state has established a few methods to ensure sustainability:
- Time-and-area closures. These methods allow fishing during certain times or in certain areas, but not in others.
- Restrictions on boat size. Certain fisheries have limits on the size of fishing boats. For instance, the limit is 32 feet in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.
- Restrictions on type of fishing gear. Virtually every fishery has limitations on fishing gear, such as the size, design, and use of each type of gear.
- Gear prohibition. Certain gear types are completely prohibited, such as pelagic longlines, sunken gillnets, and fish traps. These restrictions help protect other marine species— including turtles, sharks, and seabirds—and prevent bycatch.
These restrictions are in place to preserve the salmon population. So each time you purchase wild Alaskan salmon, you’re helping promote these sustainable practices.
What kind of salmon do Alaskan fishermen send our way? You can choose from three varieties:
- From Bristol Bay, Cook Inlet, and Prince William Sound
- Rich flavor with a firm, moist texture
- Available in mid-July through early August
Arctic Keta Salmon
- From the Northwest Arctic Borough and the Yukon River
- Mild flavor and delicate texture
- Available in August
- From the Yakutat region of southeast Alaska
- Mild flavor and delicate texture
- Available in September
Enjoying Alaskan salmon is easy thanks to our new, limited-time Wild Alaskan Asian Glazed Salmon Cook-in-Bag Dinner. The dinner includes a wild Alaskan salmon fillet with udon noodles, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, cabbage, and carrots. Just pick one up and pop it in the oven. Available July through September.
And rest assured, if you’re craving wild salmon out of season, you can pick up our frozen Alaskan sockeye and coho salmon all year round.