Like fruit and veggie CSA’s, it starts with a pre-season online purchase of a share. Annual spring orders fund necessities like professional processing and frozen freight. While CSF customers gain access to high quality wild fish and the fisherman who harvested it, they also give support to the fishery itself, because small-boat fishermen are invested for the long term in the vitality and sustainability of the salmon and the pristine habitat in which they thrive.
The annual sockeye salmon run in Bristol Bay runs mid-June to late-July. We use small boats and gill-nets to fish near the mouth of the Kvichak River. The hand-picked bounty is transferred quickly to larger tender vessels to chill en route to the professional processors who work nearby on the fishing grounds.
The best of the harvest is hand selected for filets. All bones, including pin bones, are removed and each filet is individually vacuum packaged with skin on one side. Rapid processing ensures just-caught flavor and freshness. Immediate and sustained deep freezing makes each filet sushi-grade, for raw consumption.
In August, the frozen-once salmon shares travel by barge from Alaska to the port in Seattle, Washington. From there they are trucked to each of the communities we serve, to arrive in time for annual September pick-up events. (Details regarding date / time / place are provided in our online store, before purchase is final.) Shipping is now available for Montana residents, and orders will ship in September.
Your salmon share contains 20 pounds of wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, or approximately 12-18 filets. We’ll provide thawing and cooking best practices and some recipes to get you started, though it takes very little to achieve delicious results. According to the USDA, our salmon is good for up to two years (when kept frozen), but it tends to disappear long before then!