Alaska’s cold, pristine waters provide us with a livelihood and a way of life. As commercial fishermen, we love nothing more that sharing wild, healthy salmon with our customers. We harvest salmon from the Copper River watershed using an environmentally-conscious fishing technique called gillnetting. This involves laying a shallow net wall in the water along the fish’s path. Once the fish swim into the mesh, we pull the net onto our boat, The Pelican, where we carefully remove the fish, one by one. The fish are then bled and placed in ice water to ensure peak freshness.
Alaska has always been committed to the scientific, sustainable management of its fisheries. During the summer season, fishery managers closely watch the salmon swim up the river to their headwaters where they spawn. If the number of fish doesn't meet the requirement for a healthy population, the fleet of fishermen stay in the harbor and refrain from fishing.