At the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay sits a small village accessible only by air and sea. Each June, the population of Naknek swells with fishermen who return year after year for the Sockeye Salmon migration. During this awe-inspiring phenomenon, rivers teem with nearly 40 million Sockeye on their way upstream. Once the Alaska Department of Fish and Game gives them the go-ahead, fishermen of Iliamna Fish Co., a cooperative run by a third generation fishing family, set out in small boats and fill their nets before hurrying back to dock for flash freezing.
The setting of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, New Bedford is one of the oldest fishing ports in the United States. The scallop dredging fishery there is not only one of the most economically important in the country, but it is also certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council and recommended by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. Our partner fishermen harvest sea scallops for the adductor muscle (or the “meat”), which they shuck and sort carefully by hand.
Salmon fishing has been essential to the culture and livelihood of coastal Alaskan communities for as long as they have existed. Pristine waters make Juneau an ideal home base for fishermen and fishmongers. Sailing his boat F/V Jani-K out of Juneau, Captain Austin Sollars (pictured here holding a King, not a Coho Salmon) is one of our primary providers of Coho. For two seasons each year, he leads his crew on fishing expeditions throughout the waters of southeast Alaska, trolling lures using the hook and line method to catch each fish. Captain Sollars unloads his catch at the island town of Sitka or another nearby port.
Separated from the “mainland” by the wide expanse of the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore of Virginia feels like a world of its own with a heritage and economy still heavily reliant on fishing and farming. Captain Tommy Smith has been fishing the Atlantic for four decades as his wife Beverly writes and paints of the life of a waterman. Fishing year-round on their vessel the F/V Ella, Captain Tommy targets Dogfish as they migrate past his home in Accomack County during early Spring and late Fall on their way to and from feeding grounds further north.
The family of boats – including the F/V Alaskan Leader, the F/V Bristol Leader, and the F/V Northern Leader – takes pride in fishing Pacific Cod from Alaska’s icy waters. Many of the boats were first launched by local legend Captain Nick Delany and are supported by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, which encourages small businesses of native tribes. Experienced crews use baited lines to attract and hook their catch, then carefully deep-freeze each fish with a salt water glaze while still at sea. Their time-proven practice makes fishing fun and bountiful.
Plentiful in the crystalline waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Shrimp has long been at the economic and culinary heart of port towns in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. These communities proudly supply America with some of its most flavorful seafood. Often sailing on locally-built vessels, shrimping crews pull in hauls throughout the year. As soon as their shrimp-filled nets hit the deck, crew members hand-sort the shrimp by size. The shrimp is then immediately peeled and flash-frozen in a chemical-free seawater glaze to preserve freshness.
The Gulf of Maine is a thriving home of marine life and has fed American communities for centuries. Today, Captain Luke Dewildt’s crew launches the F/V Teresa Marie III in Portland, Maine, and sets out searching for Redfish, a New England native that dwells in deep waters. Together, the F/V Teresa Marie III and her sister ship, F/V Teresa Marie II, deliver large netfuls of Redfish to docks in Gloucester, Massachusetts – locally known as North Shore. Each of our Gulf of Maine Redfish is traceable directly back to the boat that caught it.
Well known as the western end of the Lewis & Clark trail, this small fishing town of about 10,000 at the mouth of the Columbia River has a lot more to offer than sightseeing. Astoria is known as one of the most important ports in the country for West Coast Dover Sole landings. Our dock partner in Astoria was founded during the Great Depression by the same dedicated family that runs it today, and works closely with their partner fishermen and the Marine Stewardship Council to provide the freshest and most sustainable catch.
We are proud to partner with fishing communities across the United States. Contact our Dock Managers today and learn how to share your catch with discerning chefs and fish fans nationwide.