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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Sitka Salmon Shares

Whole Raw Salmon
[1] Freshly caught and skinned wild salmon (all photos © Sitka Salmon Shares).

Line Caught Salmon
[2] Line-caught salmon.

Fisherman With Salmon
[3] After they’re caught, the fish are quickly processed.

Sitka Salmon Shares
[4] They’re blast-frozen, and shipped by FedEx to your doorstep.

 

We were recently invited to try a sample of Sitka Salmon Shares.

It’s a wild-caught Alaskan seafood delivery service. A collective of local fishermen pull the catch into their boats and quickly brings it to port.

There, it’s filleted, blast frozen to -50°F and individually vacuum-sealed, locking in the fresh-caught flavor.

A box of scrumptious fish is then FedExed to you.

While our box of four fillets was consumed in four days, the fish stays fresh-tasting in the freezer without degrading.

  • If your freezer is 20 degrees below zero or colder, the fish stays fresh-tasting up up to 1 year without degradation.
  • If your freezer is warmer, the fish will last 2-3 months before its freshness starts to degrade.
  • You can likely keep the fish even longer than 3 months or a year; these are just the points at which the fish starts to degrade.
     
     
    HOW DO THEY TASTE?

    It doesn’t get better than this fresh fish.

    The company’s motto is “from boat to doorstep.” The fish tastes like it was just pulled out of the water.

    When we test fish or meat, we cook them simply, with no seasonings. The true test of flavor is how good they taste when they’re “naked.”

    The Sitka Salmon Shares salmon and cod we tasted were so good, just steamed, that we had no need to add salt, pepper or lemon juice to the cooked fish. (We cooked it “medium rare.”)
     
     
    COMMUNITY SUPPORTED FISHERY SEAFOOD DELIVERY

    Sitka Salmon Shares is Community Supported Fishery (CSF), the fish version of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), where farmers deliver boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables during the season.

    Consumers purchase “shares” of the seafood harvest before the fishing season begins. The number of shares purchased dictates how much fish the fishermen catch.

    Your share of the wild Alaskan catch is delivered to you monthly during the fishing season, which runs from April thru December.

    The species and weight of your fish will vary, based on the plan you select.
     
     
    WHEN YOU SIGN UP

    You choose the species and quantity of fish for your monthly delivery, ranging from 3 to 9-month intervals (you can cancel at any time).

    In 2019, the catch includes:

  • Albacore tuna
  • Black bass
  • Black cod, lingcod, Pacific cod
  • Halibut
  • Shellfish: Dungeness crab, spot prawns
  • Pacific rockfish, yelloweye rockfish
  • Salmon: Alaskan king salmon, coho salmon, keta salmon, sockeye salmon
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    We tried four different varieties; each, perfection.

     
    A FEEL-GOOD PURCHASE

    The CSF (Community Supported Fishery) supports small-boat family fishermen.

  • The fishermen receive a fair wage for a day’s work.
  • Sitka Salmon Shares returns a percentage of all CSF-related revenue back to fisheries conservation and habitat protection efforts.
  • The cooperative also purchases carbon offsets to compensate for the carbon that is released in their distribution system.
  • The entire system is transparent and accountable, from the moment your fish is caught to the moment it reaches your hands.
     
     
    YOUR NEXT STEP

    Head to SitkaSalmonShares.com and pick a plan.

    Then, relish each box of fish you receive.

    If you’re not a skilled cook, remember: No fish-cooking skills are required. A simple steaming is marvelous (and very low in calories).

    Your fish-loving friends and family will be thrilled with a gift of Sitka Salmon Shares.

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give a gift of fish and you provide a number of memorable meals.

    NOTE:

    Memberships are available year-round except for one transition week: 2019 memberships close at the end of September, and 2020 memberships open in early October.

    There is about a one-week period in late September/early October when you cannot purchase a membership.

    That being said, if you hit the website during that week, just come back the following week!

      




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