Increasingly, consumers are paying attention to who, where, and how food is harvested. It is easy to become overwhelmed with all of these questions, especially when it comes to seafood! With a majority of Alaskan seafood being exported out of state and a growing number of Alaskan consumers demanding local seafood, a disconnect between consumers and the local fishing industry exists today. In addition to this, many local fishermen face obstacles in maintaining a profitable business and some fishing operations are actually causing damage to our marine ecosystems.
Because of these issues, Catch 49 finds it important to support local, sustainable seafood caught by community-based fishermen. Learn more with these resources below.
What do all these terms mean?
Local [ˈlō-kəl]: Seafood caught by Alaskan fishermen and purchased by Alaskan consumers.
Sustainable [sə-ˈstā-nə-bəl]: Seafood caught in a manner that upholds the health of marine habitat and ecosystems. This means a minimization of: habitat damage, poor handling of fish, and waste.
Community-Based Fishermen [kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē-bāst fi-shər-mən]: Fishermen who live and work in the communities where they fish.
Recipes & Preparation Tips
Cooking Techniques from AMSI: wildalaskaseafood.com
Eat Alaska Recipes from ASMI: wildalaskaseafood.com
Fishes & Dishes: fishesanddishes.com
Techniques for Preserving Fish: uaf.edu/ces/foods/preservation/meatsfish
Wild Alaska Recipes from Sitka Salmon Shares: sitkasalmonshares.com
Restaurants Serving Sustainable Seafood in Alaska
*If your restaurant provides local, sustainable seafood please let us know and we will add you to our list!
Resources for Consumers
Future of Fish: futureoffish.org
Author, Paul Greenberg's website: paulgreenberg.org
Santa Monica Seafood Guide: santamonicaseafood.com
Sitka Local Foods Network: sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org
Sustainable Seafood Guide for Consumers: seafoodwatch.org
University of Alaska Cooperative Extension: www.uaf.edu/ces
Other Community Supported Fisheries
Alaskans Own: thealaskatrust.org
Dock to Dish: docktodish.com
Drifters Fish: driftersfish.com
Morshovi Bay Fish Co.: morshovifish.com
Sitka Salmon Shares: sitkasalmonshares.com
Skipper Otto's Community Supported Fishery: skipperotto.com
Other Organizations Engaged in Sustainable Seafood
Alaska Food Policy Council: akfoodpolicycouncil.com
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: alaskaseafood.org
Anchorage Food Mosaic: anchoragefoodmosaic.com
Boat to School: boat-to-school.org
Bristol Bay Sockeye/Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA): bristolbaysockeye.org
Chefs Collaborative: chefscollaborative.org
Eat LocAlaska: akfood.com
Kodiak Jig Seafoods: kodiakjig.org
Naknek Family Fisheries: naknekfish.com
Slow Fish Canada: slowfood.ca/slow-fish
Tidal Vision: tidalvisionusa.com