Sustainability

Posted by Sena Wheeler on

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As a 3rd generation fishing family, sustainability is very important to us and means preserving both the long-term future of the species and the health of the oceans. 

Sustainability and ocean stewardship are our top priorities. We know we’re doing everything we can to maintain a healthy fishery, and it means a lot to us that you trust us to provide healthy, sustainable fish for your table.

Wild Caught

  • All our fish are wild-caught in Alaska, never farmed

Regulations and Certifications

  • Every fishery we participate in is regulated by the state, federal or international management programs for sustainability
  • Alaska Salmon Fishery is RFM certified (Responsible Fishery Management) which means it meets 125+ criteria for everything from stock evaluations to ecological impacts from fishing
  • Our processing facility, 60 North Seafoods is MSC certified (Marine Stewardship Council), which shows the fisheries meet international best practices for sustainable fishing

Fishing Methods

  • Salmon is caught by small gillnet boats (1-2 fishermen per boat)
  • Halibut, black cod, and groundfish are caught by longline (1-4 fishermen per boat)

Net Recycling

  • Our fleet is an enthusiastic partner of the CRWP (Copper River Watershed Program) net recycling program, which has diverted 263,712 pounds of web from the landfill and marine environment

Eating the Whole Fish

  • We promote the responsible use of our wild resources, which includes utilizing the whole fish to minimize waste
  • We offer collars and chop (small pieces and meat scraped from the backbone). 
  • We smoke all our tails and trimmings for use in our spreads
  • Our fish patties are made with premium copper river sockeye meat that has been scraped from the backbones (and would otherwise have been wasted). 

Packaging

  • Instead of styrofoam, we use Green Cell Foam that is compostable and dissolves in water. 

 

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