Okanagan Select

Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

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About Okanagan Select

By integrating cutting-edge science with traditional practices the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) has successfully re-established a sustainable population of wild Sockeye salmon in the Okanagan. As part of this initiative we invite you to be part of the story and cycle of rejuvenation by enjoying Okanagan Select wild Sockeye salmon products. These salmon are the unique expression of the Columbia watershed, both nutrient-dense and highly flavourful. Okanagan Select responsibly harvests salmon with selective methods handed down from our ancestors.

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Species Offered

Salmon

The value statements outlined below aim to create a higher level of accountability and trust, both internally within the network and externally to the public, in order to advance the movement of Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) and like-minded community-based seafood operations.

  • Community-Based Fisheries
  • Fair Access
  • Fair Price
  • Eating with the Ecosystem
  • Traceable and Simple Supply Chains
  • Catch and Handle with Honor
  • Community and Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
  • Honoring the Ocean
  • Creativity and Collaboration

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Beliefs and traditions are a very important part of First Nations’ culture and often reflect a deep understanding and respect for nature. Okanagan Select honors their roots by using holistic traditional practices of selective fishing—handed down from our ancestors.

The Okanagan Nation has a dedicated group of fishermen who are committed to these methods and harvest only a small artisanal fishery. This fishery allocates annually- appropriate harvests, respecting community food and social needs, followed by economic opportunities.

SUSTAINABILITY

Our goal is to provide a high quality product from sustainable fisheries that will not jeopardize our future wild salmon stocks. We want to honour the resiliency and prosperity of our natural environment by using only selective fishing methods.

Using selective harvesting methods and quality control, we’re keeping an eye on the future without forgetting our past.

We utilize abundance-based methods to allow the fish to get to the spawning grounds, honor ecosystem based fishery and practice lifecycle analysis to understand the fishery and it’s impacts. To ensure the sustainability of the salmon and our local ecosystem – fish are hand-picked with fish-friendly methods – e.g. troll, seine, traps, and dip net. The ONA has turned traditional concepts into modern selective fishing practices to minimize bi-catch.