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Ocean Tides – Partner Spotlight

Celebrating Great Fishermen

We are ecstatic to welcome Cordova, AK Salmon Fisherman Andrew Eckley (above) to SeafoodS.com’s excellent team of providers.

Alongside Capt. Andrew, his sister Tracy and brother-in-law Justin fish daily aboard F/V Black Bird for some of the best Salmon in the waters of Alaska.

Their dear friend Mark also assists in this family fishery aboard F/V Silver Moon. A tighter group of fishermen is hard to find in the competitive industry of Salmon fishing.

Capt. Andrew’s sister is one of only four females who are fishing the sometimes brutal waters of the Cordova region. Tracey grips her son Sam as she knows that he is the future, and generational fishing is extremely important to the great folks of Alaska.

Cordova Direct Coho Salmon

About this Family Fishery
Captain Andrew and his family have been fishing the waters for a great while, and their bread was buttered on the side of cannery fish. The operation of their family relied heavily on the Tinder Vessels that accepted their catch to move to the canneries of Alaska to then be processed and distributed throughout the world. Though it was fortuitous at the time they knew that the True Day Boat “Top-of-Catch” fish were much too  beautiful  to become an emaciated, canned, and shelved grocery store item. The logistics of moving Day Boat Salmon to the lower 48 is also a competitive and daunting  industry that sometimes moves to the beat of their own drum. It may even overlook the smaller vessels who’s catch warrant better representation. That’s where another small team of passionate people come into the picture. SeafoodS.com was able to provide a logistical solution with Capt. Andrew. We were able to solve the challenges of bringing Eckley’s absolutely stellar Salmon to a fresh Day Boat market. It was a mission to finally represent the quality of his catch and offer the respect that these Salmon deserve. Capt. Andrew and his family are vertebrae in the backbone of Alaska’s Cordova region. They are the players in the game of sustainable Alaskan seafood. They are the bedrock of family business, and they are here to provide you with the Salmon that they love. We are here to simply get the Salmon from their hold to your prep table. If you like to trace your catch to the fishermen, look again to Capt. Andrew and family. From their family, to our family, to your family, Chef…
About the Fish
Coho
(Oncorhynchus kisutch)
Up now are the brilliant Coho, the Silver Salmon of Alaska. The mildly flavored Coho is a brightly colored flesh that has a leaner texture of the King Salmon. While market weights range between 6 to 8 lbs, the fish of the Cordova Direct program with Capt. Andrew consistently offers fish above 10 lbs. Larger Cohos tend to be a wider fillet and are readily apt to accept any cooking methods warranted by the chef. The slightly lowered fat content of Coho lends itself to a silky mouth feel that doesn’t over encapsulate other ingredients. It is a perfect species for house-smoked applications and house-cured representation. It finds a home on the grill, in the broiler, simply sauteed, or even sous vide. It’s vibrant coloration pops in crudo, tartare, sushi, and sashimi. Coho has a reputation as one of the best flavors in the Salmon kingdom and we excitedly offer it direct from the source. Look for availability midweek.
About the Passion
Like the culinary profession, farming and fishing is seeing the up-and-coming youth taking the reigns of a centuries old industries. I know your social media feed is loaded with pics of your favorite farmers’ fare. The generational shift has always been and will always be, but it seems more rapid in certain arenas. These transitions all have a common goal; to be recognized for the talent, effort, passion, and dedication  as quickly as possible. This is where Capt. Andrew and his family strive as well. We want the success of a hard job to be prolific and hasty for this young crew, and we wish the same for any Chef and Restaurateur. It’s no light task of running a business, and any assistance that we can provide each other raises all ships.

 

Simply Call The Team At SeafoodS.com to learn more about the Cordova Direct Coho.
Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa: 704-413-3267
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Ocean Tides – Troll King Salmon

Chef – Kings Are Running the Sounds!

Throughout the Pacific Northwest, King Salmon are gorging and fattening in the bays and sounds. They are packing fat for their River Runs and Troll fishermen in our network are hooking up. The forecast for Troll Kings is one of the best in recent history, and we are seeing some of these fish docking. The Sitka cooperative that seamlessly supplies  our Halibut program are speculating great Spring Chinook runs in Alaska, while Washington, California, Boston, and the Southeast are also poised for direct distribution with SeafoodS.com. With these boat bled fish, we will see highly fattened, carefully handled, insanely fresh, and hastily dispatched Troll Kings in many of our distribution partnerships. This allows you an exceptional King Salmon no matter your location.
SeafoodS.com prides itself in solution based operating practices, and our Troll King Salmon opportunities are shining examples of what we can accomplish for our customers. With daily communications with the boats, docks, airlines, logistic teams, and operators, we ensure each delivery to rival any Salmon option on the market. Direct Troll King Salmon allows you to purchase fish as it is being prepped for secondary distribution. Priority Overnight Deliveries put our fish on your cutting board before other fish hit sales sheets and email blasts. Fresher fish, longer shelf, and unwavering guarantees allow our customers to be in the first links of a very long supply chain.
We will have a brief couple of weeks for the Sitka Troll Spring Chinook. As quotas are met in southern Alaska, the Trolling will move south through British Columbia and then on into Washington, Oregon, and northern California. This extension of fisheries reach will allow SeafoodS.com to keep Troll Kings on your menu into early summer. Time is of the essence, and we wish you all a Happy Memorial Day, but come Tuesday morning, we invite you all to reach out to SeafoodS.com to secure your Troll Caught King Salmon.

Sitka Sound 

Bleeding Fish

Boated, Bled, and Iced

Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Troll King Features

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa:  704-413-3267


Ocean Tides – Kuskokwim, Chignik & Susitna

Chef – June’s Chinook Openings!

Yukon River Chinook will see closures again this year with underwhelming forecasts of returning fish. That’s not the issue with many other river systems. Management of many of Alaska’s river Chinook have been very successful and push optimism into each captain and  crew.
The 2016 Kuskokwim River Chinook salmon forecast is for a range of 125,000-219,000 fish. The drainage-wide Chinook salmon escapement goal is 65,000-120,000. Average subsistence Chinook salmon harvest is 84,000. If the run comes back within the forecast range, then there may be enough Chinook salmon to provide for escapement and subsistence needs. The Kuskokwim is a giant. 702 miles of pristine water make this the 2nd largest river in Alaska and the 7th largest river in the USA. It’s Chinook have been an important staple in the economy of its region. Boasting the largest Chinook harvests in Alaska, the early runs are paramount.

The Chignik is a short river system, but has Chinook in great numbers. The Chignik River is located on the Alaska Peninsula near the village of Chignik and is the largest Chinook salmon producing system on the southern shore of the Alaska Peninsula. The Chignik River watershed is dominated by the Black and Chignik lakes, with the Black and Chignik rivers draining them, respectively. Chignik River Chinook salmon exhibit late run timing, with freshwater entry occurring from late June to mid-August and about half of the run is over by mid-July.

The Susitna River is a 313 mile flow of pure glacier water that ranks 15th in the USA in size. The Chinook runs in the Susitna have been steady since 1985, and show over 80% of the total Salmon species capture for the 2016 forecast. However minimal to Alaska’s other rivers, the Susitna River produces an incredible quality in Chinook Salmon. Landings of the 2016 Susitna Chinook will be approximately 2,000 fish. That’s exactly why SeafoodS.com presses tirelesly to procure the fish that set the Susitna, our product line, and our customers apart.

The Kuskokwim River Delta 

The Chignik River

The Susitna River

CONTACT SEAFOODS.COM TO SECURE JUNE CHINOOK
Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256


Ocean Tides – More Chinook Runs Open

Chef – More River Chinook Open This Month!

Stikine, The Great River. Also translated from the native Tlingit tongue as “Cloudy River” believed to arise from the spawning Salmon milt. The Stikine was one of the great Salmon runs through the late 1980’s. Poor conceptualized management decreased the number of Salmon returning to the Stikine until 1995 when Alaskan and Canadian management agencies, along with native tribes began tightly managing and tagging large Chinook for a better understanding of populations. By 2007 the number of Chinook had doubled from 14,000 large fish to 28,000. This year projected numbers of large Chinook, over 28 inches, are anticipated to reach over 40,000 fish. This gives an optimistic outlook for the year’s commercial fleet and a healthy supply in direct distribution. SeafoodS.com will be positioned for direct shipping for King Salmon. An even brighter highlight of the rebound of the Stikine is its inaugural Sockeye season this year. Look for these deep red species in late June.
The Taku River  is one of 3 nations. Spanning from British Columbia to Juneau, the Taku, named for the native Taku Indians, is a grand span waterway with a rich history. Historically a very productive fishery, the Taku has seen its share of decline in Salmon population, but in 2015 the Chinook population was considerably higher than its 30 year average. An estimated 45,000 plus Chinook should return to the Taku with escapement plans and routes to ensure the growth of Taku Salmon populations. Taku Salmon are harvested on both the Canadian and Alaskan sides and SeafoodS.com will have availability of both harvests. Call SeafoodS.com to secure your River Run Salmon for a historical menu plan.

The Stikine River


The Taku River


Sockeye – Red or Bluejack Salmon

(Oncorhynchus nerka)


Coho – Silver Salmon

(Oncorhynchus kisutch)


Chinook – King Salmon

(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)


Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Your Spring Features

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256


Ocean Tides – Watching the Rivers Run

Chef – Copper River Salmon Opens Mid-May!

In 1868, a year after the Alaskan Purchase, Americans began to explore Southern Alaska. It was evident that the lands and seas were flush with future wealth. Within the next 10 years, Americans had began their trade with the natives, but not just simple Otter pelts, but fish, game, mining rights, and prospecting lands. In the late 1800’s the Copper River opens for commercial fishing. As one of the earliest and most celebrated Alaskan Fisheries, the Copper River has been in the celebrations and rituals of the native Eyak for thousands of years, the hearts and economy of the locals for over a century, and the menus and tables of a nation for decades. It is truly one of the most significant Salmon runs of the season.
The Copper River is a fast flowing, 290 mile long, valley carving beast. Dropping an average of 12 feet per mile at 7 miles per hour, this is a Salmon Slalom like no other. The sheer speed and escalation of the Copper River is directly related to the celebration of the fattiness of Copper River Salmon. The needed “fat” of the fish to make this run is comparable to fish that make much longer journeys. Long before their instinctive migrations begin, these fish naturally understand the necessity of feeding for fuel. They veraciously pack on the silky fat to burn along the trek to their spawning grounds upriver. The Copper River Runs will be closely monitored for fishing times and dates, and SeafoodS.com will fiercely source and procure Copper River Salmon for your menus, features, and specialties. We will “Follow the River” for every major River Opening this season. Stay tuned…

The Copper River

Copper Sockeye – Red or Bluejack Salmon

(Oncorhynchus nerka)

Copper Coho – Silver Salmon

(Oncorhynchus kisutch)

Copper Chinook – King Salmon

(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Your Spring Features

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Lee Dellinger: 704-769-2257
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256


Follow the River

Follow the River

2015 Alaskan River Chinook Approach

In the coming months SeafoodS.com will “Follow the River”. We begin in the early parts of May tracing the Alaskan Chinook River Runs. Our intent is to bring the marketability of the best “Salmon Story” to our customers while taking a brief tour of the Alaskan River Systems. Along the way we will showcase the pristine rivers and watersheds of Alaska and offer their bounty direct to our customers. This will be an entertaining way to learn more about the rivers, openings, management, trace-ability, and species while simultaneously sourcing the Salmon of specific fisheries. The goal will be to attribute to your successes in sourcing and presenting a highly recognizable product. Look for the upcoming “Copper River Opening”, and allow SeafoodS.com to provide a menu able Chinook for the 2015 “River Run”.