Ocean Tides – Partner Spotlight

Celebrating Great Fishermen

We are ecstatic to welcome Cordova, AK Salmon Fisherman Andrew Eckley (above) to’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. 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
(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 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

Market Report: Copper River Salmon Opens May 16th!!!

Copper River Sockeye Salmon H+G

Copper River Sockeye Salmon H+G

***The 12 Hour Scramble***

The gear is cleaned, organized, and set-on-ready… The boats are receiving minor maintenance, repairs, and loving the anticipation of the opening of the season… The fishermen and women have an excited restlessness that can only be calmed by the sea… The Copper River Run for Sockeye, King, and Coho Salmon will open with a 12 hour day on Thursday May 16, 2013. The project harvest for this season could be the largest since the early 1980’s – STRONG! Pricing at the moment is speculative and could be polarized by a number of market factors. Day Boat H&G Processed at Sea may see the high and the low of pricing with little middle ground.

At the close of 2012 Copper River Sockeye Season, many distribution avenues for the fish were utilized. The boat price for whole fish saw dramatic downturns for the fishermen and remained elevated in restaurant distribution. Auction Houses were buying at the lowest possible price and selling low to major retailers (i.e. grocery stores and member-based discount warehouses) while restaurant prices for the highest quality, freshest Sockeye remained firm. All too often last year we fielded comments like, “I can get fresh Sockeye Salmon at my local grocery store for $6.99/lb.” The is a direct result of the larger volume operators in the distribution chain buying tons of bulk at the bottom dollar. It made more financial sense for the fisherman to drop at the large processors than to battle for top dollar at the docks. Boat Captains were paid less and Chef still paid the same. We are predicting that the projected haul this year will help to rectify these economic anomalies. In other words, there should be enough fish to go around…

Copper River, Alaska

Copper River, Alaska

This is all good news for the fisheries, and is staunchly obligated to offer the freshest Sockeye Salmon available in the marketplace to our customers. will have access to same day flights out of Cordova, AK direct to LAX for national distribution of our Sockeye Salmon inventories. All orders are processed, packed, and shipped same day – no questions asked. The highly revered Copper River Sockeye Salmon from will represent the epitome of day boat freshness every time. Glistening sheen, fragrant melon and cold ocean, brilliantly deep orange-red coloration, firm texture, and an abundance of fat will be the signifying characteristics of Sockeye when compared to inferior box-store bulk buys. We only source the best so our customers can enjoy the best!!!