Catch and Handle with Honor: Our fishermen use sustainable practices when they are fishing, and handle the fish they catch with great care and honor. Our Halibut is line-caught, King Salmon is troll-caught, Rockfish is hand caught by jig, and our Sockeye Salmon is caught with a net. All of our fish is bled for superior quality immediately after being caught, then either placed into an ice-slush suspension or packed with ice to prevent bruising and decay.
Community-Based Fisheries: We work closely with our independent, small-boat Alaskan community-based fishermen to link them directly to communities in the "lower 48" that are looking for the best quality Alaskan fish. While they are fishing, we are developing the relationships and distribution methods that will ensure they have a market for their fish. Our supply chain is short - the fishermen send their catch directly to us, and we deliver it to our CSF customers.
Creativity and Collaboration: LocalCatch has a core value that states "Building a better seafood system requires innovation, creativity, and thinking outside the box." We stand with them in supporting this value by freely sharing our methods with fishermen, consumers, and other CSF providers in the hope that creativity and collaboration will create a better marketplace for all.
Eating with the Ecosystem: "Eating with the ecosystem means matching our seafood consumption to the rhythms of nature and place." We endeavor to bring new and more environmentally sustainable options to the tables of our consumers by offering products that might not be the first to mind when considering a seafood meal. Our most recent product is wild Alaskan Halibut bones, perfect for making fish stock/bone broth. Diverse products like this give our fishermen more opportunities, and our customers better options.
Fair Access: "Fair access to the ocean commons is supported by purchasing seafood from community based fishermen and by advocating for better policy that protect and promote, independent, owner-operators." We actively support policy that will both protect the rights of small-boat, independent fishermen to make a living and profit, while at the same time will protect wild ocean species and keep them viable for future generations of fishers and eaters.
Fair Price: We work very hard to find the common ground of Fair Price for both our fishermen and our customers. By working directly with our fishermen we can pay them a more equitable price for their catch, while still offering our customers and fair, balanced price. This achieves several goals - to help increase the quality of life for everyone who touches the fish, from the fisherman to the eater, to help fishermen attain a higher value for their catch and decrease pressure on wild fish stocks, and to make high quality protein in the form of wild seafood available to everyone.
Traceable and Simple Supply Chains: Traceable and simple supply chains promote trust and a more direct relationship between fishermen, the public, consumers, retailers, wholesalers, managers and chefs. More direct and simple supply chains help maximize value to the fishermen and consumer. We make information on who, how, where, and when a fish was caught available to our customers. Each package is labeled with the boat or fisherman that caught the fish. Our supply chain is direct - from the fisherman, to us, to our customers. 100% traceable, 100% of the time.
Honoring the Ocean: "By eating seafood and knowing who, what, when, and how a fish was caught, the public is taking the health of wild fisheries, coastal communities and the ocean into its own hands." We are committed to preserving the health of our oceans. Eating food that we are connected to by knowing where it came from, who caught it, and all of the other information that comes with a traceable, direct supply chain, helps to create a commitment to healthier marine ecosystems which in turn will help to ensure a clean, healthy ocean for future generations.