Line-caught salmon, quality over quantity

SPC fisherman/member
Lance Preston, Seafood Producers Cooperative member.

Only a small percentage of Alaskan salmon are caught using traditional hook and line methods that our Seafood Producers Cooperative members use. Our line-caught salmon is truly special. In essence, it’s a boutique fishery focused on quality over quantity. As Seafood Producers Cooperative member Lance Preston says, “Like your micro-brews, we’re a micro-fishery.”

Lance fishes for salmon using hook and line methods on his classic wooden troller, the Seaboy. On the Seaboy, each line-caught salmon is landed on deck, carefully cleaned, and iced within a half-hour, resulting in the finest quality salmon available. The great care taken in cleaning and handling our salmon begins on the boat with the unique traditional fishing methods that co-op members like Lance use. This attention to detail extends all the way to our customers with the extreme care we take in packing fish for safe transit and arrival at its destination in the most pristine state.

Alaska salmon
Lance unloading premium-quality line-caught Alaska salmon. Photo by Nancy Chakrin.
Line-caught salmon
Lance’s line-caught salmon being delivered. Photo by Nancy Chakrin.

As a fishermen-owned cooperative, we take great pride in delivering the finest-quality salmon all the way to our customers. As Lance puts it elegantly: “[As a Seafood Producers Co-op member] I get to produce a quality product that is sustainably harvested in a well-managed fishery and belong to a cooperative that is taking care of us and we’re all taking care of each other. We’re all part of it. We are owners of the entire organization cooperatively. No one’s being exploited. We’re making a decent living. And I get to go fishing. What guy doesn’t like to go fishing?”

Here Lance is in own words describing why the highest quality salmon is a line-caught salmon from Seafood Producers Cooperative.

 

The Seaboy, a classic wooden salmon troller from the 1930s. Owned by a number of Seafood Producers Co-op legends over the decades, it currently belongs to SPC Board Member Lance Preston.
The Seaboy, a classic wooden salmon troller from the 1930s. Owned by a number of Seafood Producers Co-op legends over the decades, it currently belongs to SPC Board Member Lance Preston.

 

 

Seaboy Deckhand
The Seaboy Deckhand. Photo by Nancy Chakrin.