At Thomet & Co. Salmon, our salmon are harvested exclusively from Bristol Bay, Alaska, the world’s most extensive sockeye salmon run. As quality is the main focus of our business model, we implement strict handling practices to ensure you revive fillets we are proud to provide, and you as a salmon lover can be proud to receive. To meet our quality standards, we make sure that as soon as the salmon are brought on board, they are handled with care. After picking the salmon out of the Gillnet, they are placed on a canvas slide, ensuring the fish do not hit the hard aluminum deck and bruise. The sockeye gather at the bottom of the slide, where a crewman individually cuts each salmon’s gill plate, allowing them to bleed so no clotting occurs in the meat. They are then individually counted and placed into eight separate holding tanks, all of which circulate chilled seawater at between 34 and 36 degrees. The salmon are spread out evenly between the holds to keep them all uniformly chilled and submerged.
Healthy harvest management is the main priority of both Thomet & Co. and the entire Bristol Bay fleet. Working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the University of Washington, fishermen receive daily updates on catch and escapement numbers, which determine the amount of time we can fish at a time. If there is too little escapement of salmon up their given river systems, the fishery is temporarily closed to allow for enough sockeye to make it upstream. This process ensures there are lasting salmon returns for years to come.
As a direct market company, Thomet & Co. takes a direct part in catching the salmon we offer to our customers. Aside from the cannery we sell the majority of our salmon to, no one else takes part in the processing of our Sockeye. A transparent supply chain gives our customers a direct line of sight into where their salmon is coming, and who has handled each fillet.
Finally, providing customers with a fair price is a point Thomet & Co. prides itself on. We do not overcharge or raise our prices based on the exclusive sourcing of our salmon, and believe everyone should have access to the wonderful seafood that Bristol Bay provides to the world.