The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has harvested and consumed shellfish from the waters of the Salish Sea since time immemorial, applying practices that honor the ocean and the resources within through spiritual reverence, respect, and sustainability. Swinomish Shellfish Company aligns it's philosophy with the values and practices of the people who have thrived and survived through sustainable harvest from the traditional waters of their ancestors in this area. Prior to "first-contact" the location of our oyster farm was not only a place of shellfish harvest, but an important canoe portage between Similk Bay, and Fidalgo Bay to the North. We are proudly putting the location back to work for the community with a modern take on shellfish harvest. Our "Tribal preference" hiring policy ensures that we are genuinely a community based seafood business, and the enterprise holds food-security to current and future the members of the Tribe in equal standing to financial gain. Shellfish aquaculture relies on clean water, and as such we consider ourselves stewards of our environment through responsible and careful operations ensuring that we minimize our impacts wherever possible. Our harvest practices ensure high quality, minimal waste, and that the freshest safe-to-eat shellfish reach our customers. Our preference is to serve local markets, and reduce food-miles whenever possible.
Swinomish Shellfish Company
About Swinomish Shellfish Company
Native American owned and operated grower and purveyor of fresh, high-quality, live Oysters from the Salish Sea.
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What are the Local Catch core values?
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