Wildly Devoted Pride of Bristol Bay

With 2019 underway, Pride of Bristol Bay is celebrating another successful year of business. From the very beginning, we’ve prioritized sustainably fishing for sockeye salmon in beautiful Bristol Bay, AK, along with serving a growing, loyal community. We’ve also maintained the highest standards for selling salmon and other high-quality seafood. It has been an honor and a privilege to share Pride of Bristol Bay with our customers.

Strengthening alongside our business is our devotion to wild salmon and the pristine environment that supports them. From the original trip to Alaska on a whim — to agreeing to captain a boat, to getting a permit, and finally acquiring the F/V Ava Jane – we have always understood that investing in the fishery is equally as important to invest in the environment. But beyond passion, conservation of the environment is also driven by economics. Fishing in Bristol Bay demonstrates the area’s worth, and protecting this sacred space is of utmost importance.

“PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED THE AMAZING RENEWABLE RESOURCE OF WILD SALMON AND CLEAN WATER. WITH THE RISE OF THE PEBBLE MINE PROJECT, THE NEED TO PROTECT WILD SALMON HABITAT IS AT ITS MOST CRITICAL POINT IN MODERN TIMES.” -STEVE KURIAN

We are grateful for what the salmon and Bristol Bay have given us, and we are Wildly Devoted to this cause.

“IT MEANS MORE TO US THAN JUST OUR LIVELIHOOD, SO GIVING BACK THROUGH RAISING BOTH MONEY AND AWARENESS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW.” -JENN KURIAN

Through our Wildly Devoted program, Pride of Bristol Bay has been committed in giving back. We will continue to donate 1% of total sales to our friends at Trout Unlimited who are dedicated to preserving the Bay and advocating against projects, like Pebble Mine.

“After years of catching and selling salmon to wonderful customers, I know these people would want nothing more than to play a critical part in protecting the fish that nourish our body and souls. I hope this idea catches on and encourages fishermen, processors, and consumers to take action and donate to the protection of wild salmon habitat.” -Steve Kurian

From all of us at Pride of Bristol Bay, we thank you for your support, and for being Wildly Devoted alongside us.

Bristol Bay

FEATURED ARTICLE: My Search for the World’s Best Salmon

By, John O’Connor with Gene Food

In light of the very real concerns about the farming methods used to raise most of the “Atlantic Salmon” you find in the grocery stores (and on restaurant menus), how can consumers find salmon they can trust?

I did a little research to come up with some answers.

Bristol Bay is Your Place for Salmon

And as I read more about where the best US salmon comes from, Bristol Bay Alaska kept coming up again and again. Turns out Bristol Bay is fed by multiple relatively pristine river systems that are home to a number of wild salmon species. The region has been called the “crown jewel” of the American commercial fishing industry, and at least historically, the eco system is sustainable. Even accounting for the 61 million salmon it pulls from the region each year, the fishing industry in Bristol Bay doesn’t decimate the salmon population, they still make their way from the ocean to the rivers and streams where they were born to spawn and reproduce with enough fervor to keep the whole machine churning.4

It’s an incredible system for both the natives, who benefit from the 480 million in annual revenue, as well as the fish population, which has been protected to a degree from environmental encroachment. Unfortunately, Trump administration roll backs of previous EPA protections, could pave the way for a massive gold and copper mine in Bristol Bay that many believe would ruin one of America’s last great natural fisheries. The decision as to whether protections will be rescinded is pending before the EPA.5

The EPA published a massive document analyzing the state of the Bristol Bay fishing industry, complete with an estimation of the environmental impact of the proposed mine. I’ve dropped in some of the highlights below:

  • The Bristol Bay watershed supports large carnivore species which rely on salmon, such as brown bears and wolves.
  • All five species of Pacific salmon: sockeye, Chinook, coho, chum and pink, are living in Bristol Bay as are 29 other native fish species.
  • Of the 31 native Alaskan villages in the region, an estimated 25 depend on the salmon industry for their economic survival. Bristol Bay salmon is to Alaska what the car industry is to Detroit.

At the end of the day, I picked a company called the Pride of Bristol Bay for my order. I reached out to them direct for an informal interview and published the results from Steve, the owner of the operation, below. Can’t say the answers were all that insightful, but there are some nuggets here, especially as it pertains to water quality in Bristol Bay. Essentially, the waters, which are free of industry and always have been, are pristine, but that all changes once that copper mine goes in…

Click here for the full article from Gene Food.

Fed and Fit

Salmon with Sweet Cherry BBQ Sauce from Fed and Fit

  • Author: Cassy at Fed and Fit
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the Sweet Cherry BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cups fresh pitted cherries
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the salmon:

  • 1 large salmon filet, deboned
  • 1 cup fresh pitted cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish

Instructions

For the Sweet Cherry BBQ Sauce:

  1. Place the cherries, molasses, vinegar, and salt together in a small sauce pan. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes on low, or until the cherries have popped or softened in texture.
  2. Add the tomato sauce and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Using an immersion blender (or by pouring the sauce in a regular blender), blend the sauce until you reach a desired consistency.
  4. Season with the cayenne pepper.
  5. Note: if the sauce seems too thick, add a tablespoon of water until it reaches a consistency you’re happy with.

For the salmon:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Season the salmon with the sea salt and pepper, then place on the baking sheet.
  3. Spoon about half of the BBQ sauce over the salmon.
  4. Bake at 350 F for 14 – 16 minutes. Garnish with the fresh cherries and parsley.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

The leftover BBQ sauce will keep stored in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For more salmon recipes click here, and for more recipes from Fed and Fit click here.

Pride of Bristol Bay

SAVOR BRISTOL BAY | SAVE BRISTOL BAY

Simply put, Bristol Bay is an amazing place. We are back on terra firma and the 2017 fishing season has come to an end. The river systems in Bristol Bay are literally teeming with spawning wild Sockeye Salmon. Combined, the major river systems; Naknek, Kvichak, Alagnak, Ugashik, Egegik, Wood and Nushagak rivers have close to 19 million Sockeye digging redds, depositing eggs and milt, carrying out a natural cycle that that has been repeated year after year for centuries.

SAVOR BRISTOL BAY SAVE BRISTOL BAY

Photo Credit: Bob Waldrop

The fishing season itself was glorious, exciting, hectic, frenzied and downright exhausting. Every year the Sockeye enter Bristol Bay in a different pattern and this year was no exception. At one point in early July there was a 4-day period during which the cumulative daily catch and escapement into the river systems exceeded 3 million fish! To put this in perspective; the total catch and escapement for the entire Copper River Sockeye salmon fishery for the 2017 season was around 1.4 million fish. 59 million wild Sockeye returned to Bristol Bay.

Bristol Bay

Photo Credit: Bob Waldrop

At Pride of Bristol Bay our message to all wild salmon lovers is; Savor Bristol Bay and Save Bristol Bay. This year’s wild sockeye fillets and portions are as beautiful as ever. Whether you fill your freezer through one of our buying clubs or have our Bristol Bay Sockeye delivered to your door when we launch our home delivery program this September, every pound of wild salmon we sell will generate a donation to the Save Bristol Bay campaign. The campaign raises awareness, educates and advocates for one of the world’s greatest cold water fishery habitats on behalf of me, you and every stakeholder. So, when your Savoring our wild Sockeye fresh off the grill, don’t take that privilege for granted, and when dinner’s over take a minute and visit www.savebristolbay.org and learn how you can help keep this amazing resource healthy and robust for generations to come.

Photo Credit: Bob Waldrop

Salmon Fishing

What You Need to Know About Bristol Bay

Did you know that the Bristol Bay watershed supports the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world? It’s located in southwestern Alaska and has six major river basins. The two largest are the Nushagak River—also known as ‘Nush’—and the Kvichak River. Together, they compose about 50% of the total watershed area. The other four river basins are the Togiak River, Naknek River, Egegik River, and the Ugashik River. Combined, these waterways are key in supporting sockeye salmon.

AlaskaThe Bristol Bay region is also home to numerous other animals, including 29 fish species, over 190 different types of birds, and more than 40 earthbound mammals. Chief among these resources is the world-class commercial and sport fishery for Pacific salmon. The watershed includes all five species of Pacific salmon found in North America: sockeye, coho, Chinook, chum, and pink. For us, harvesting sockeye salmon is the most successful and plentiful in the region.

Bristol Bay has a true claim to wild salmon as there aren’t any hatchery fish raised or released in the watershed. In essence, these fish are anadromous —meaning, they hatch and rear in freshwater systems, migrate to the sea to grow into adults, and return to freshwater systems to spawn and eventually pass away.

Like we previously mentioned, the most abundant salmon species in the watershed is sockeye salmon. Evidently, Bristol Bay supports the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world; it contains over 45% of the global myriad of wild sockeye salmon! According to the EPA, between 1990 and 2010, the yearly average upstream sockeye salmon run in Bristol Bay was approximately 37.5 million fish. The annual commercial harvest of sockeye salmon—over that same period of time—averaged 27.5 million, with half of the sockeye salmon production coming from the Nushagak and Kvichak rivers.

In the Bristol Bay region, salmon composes an average of 52% of the subsistence harvest. Subsistence from all sources (fish, moose, and other wildlife) accounts for an average of 80% of the protein ingested by the surrounding area’s residents.

This goes without saying, but exploring the Bristol Bay area (by land or by sea) is the best way to fully digest its sprawling landscape and unique ecosystem. Whether you come for its natural beauty or for the 2018 salmon season, it’s an experience of a lifetime.

Bristol Bay

A Reminder to Help Save Bristol Bay!

I’m sure you’ve heard about the incredible fishing season we’re having in Bristol Bay this year. We’re on track to harvest a record number of salmon returning to this pristine region as they have for generations. Simply put, Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to one of the last great salmon fisheries on the planet and it’s up to us to ensure it stays that way. Maybe you’re thinking…haven’t we already done that? Unfortunately not yet.

The EPA is now working to erase the critical protections we have already supported for Bristol Bay time and time again. Just this week, an official EPA comment period has opened and they need to hear from you.

Please take a moment to submit your official comment to the EPA and tell them to stand with American jobs and communities, and NOT withdraw their proposed protections for Bristol Bay.

The salmon, wildlife, people, and jobs of Bristol Bay are STILL threatened by the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine. The EPA needs to hear again that hundreds of thousands of people across America STILL support protections for wild salmon in Bristol Bay.

Click here to submit your official comment to the EPA and tell them that Bristol Bay is too important to risk.

Thank you,

The Folks at Pride of Bristol Bay and Save Bristol Bay