No fish is handled with more care from the time it leaves the water until delivered to a customer than Alaska Gold hook and line seafood caught by Seafood Producers Cooperative members.
Our Alaska Gold™ wild salmon are caught on the open ocean when their natural oil content, color and texture are at their peak—this means you are starting with the best fish nature can provide. Each fish is meticulously handled and chilled within minutes, thereby offering the best possible recovery and the longest shelf life.
Buyers around the world recognize Alaska Gold sablefish (black cod) as the highest quality sablefish on the market.
Our sashimi-grade line-caught albacore tuna is harvested when albacore are at their peak in healthy oils and beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids.
The hook and line seafood caught by Seafood Producers Cooperative members is available on the AlaskaGoldBrand.com e-store.
On our e-store where you can order seafood online, you will find easy-to-use portions of black cod, salmon and sashimi-grade albacore that come with convenient delivery and free shipping.
Hook and line seafood: The highest quality seafood
Traditional hook and line fishing methods reduce by-catch and produce a tastier fish.
Most of the people we meet can understand that catching fish using hook and line methods reduces by-catch, the unwanted catch that occurs when using mass extraction fishing methods. What people don’t seem to understand is how hook and line fishing methods produce a fresher tasting, better fish.
To us Seafood Producers Cooperative fishermen, the word “troll” has a favorable and proud connotation. However, those outside of Alaska and/or the fishing industry might not have such a favorable impression of the word “troll,” even when used in context of “troll-caught salmon.”
It is possible that many of our potential customers confuse the lesser known “troll” fishery with the more well-known but negatively regarded “trawl” fishery.
However, salmon caught on hook and line, more technically known by those in the industry as “trolling,” are of superior quality, especially when handled with SPC’s strict handling procedures, because they are caught on the open ocean when their natural oil content, color and texture are at their peak. They are handled One Fish At A Time with the utmost of care.
Our line-caught albacore is caught when the younger albacore are actively feeding, consuming a quarter of its weight each day, making the fish juicy in healthy oils and more beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids than older, larger net-caught albacore from warmer waters. Omega-3s are associated with reducing the risks or effects of heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis, lupus and other diseases. Also, many people who generally do not like fish still enjoy the mild taste of line-caught albacore.
In contrast, fish not caught on hook and line, fish caught using mass extraction methods, pile up on a boat’s deck. These fish might be dead for hours in a net before they are handled. Salmon caught using mass extraction methods often are caught right by a river’s mouth, so that the salmon might be going through the morphological changes that take place before they spawn. These changes in their bodies when approaching their spawning rivers give the salmon an off-taste. Or what we would call the “salmon stank” that those not fans of salmon tend to mention in their reasons for not liking salmon.
Hook and line seafood: The highest quality seafood.
“Rip Tide” is the Southeast Alaska Salmon Trollers’ Anthem. Words are by Gary Egerton of the F/V Valle Lee. Music is based on the “Rawhide” theme. Gary Egerton is a owner/member of Seafood Producers Cooperative. This salmon trollers’ anthem is the essence of what our salmon trollers do. Each works on his/her own or with family members in tight quarters. They work really hard. The focus is on quality not quantity.
Since 1944, Seafood Producers Cooperative has had a Relentless Commitment to Quality. Our rich heritage gives us profound respect for the natural wild fish we catch and the high quality products we deliver.
Owned and operated by small boat hook and line fishermen who fish the waters of the North Pacific, cooperative members take great pride in getting the best quality fish to our customers.
Everything we do is to ensure that our fishermen members can stay true to traditional hook and line fishing methods that not only bring premium quality seafood to our customers’ plates but allow our fishermen to continue fishing for generations to come. Our quality standards ensure our longevity as an organization. Our salmon trollers embody these quality standards and the rugged spirit captured in Gary’s Salmon Trollers’ Anthem.
By staying true to our promise of quality and our use of traditional hook and line methods, we ensure that future generations of our fishermen will be able to pursue the highest quality seafood available on the market. We also ensure that the Salmon Trollers’ Anthem can be sung by generations to come.
Just how long does it take for Alaska Gold salmon to be fully processed?
At Seafood Producers Cooperative, we’re very proud of how we handle fish and our reputation for extremely high quality fish is well-known among high-end retailers around the world. But you really have to see our fishermen in action to believe it.
Our photographer spent the day on the Tammy Lin and had a very difficult time photographing Captain George Eliason’s deck hands—Casey Menadelook and George’s nephew Garrett Eliason— in action. They’re just too fast!
Incredibly efficient, professional, and mature beyond their years, Casey and Garrett woke from their naps once Captain George Eliason picked a spot to drop lines in the water for a day of coho fishing. Like clockwork, not a word was spoken between them, as they readied the fishing lines, incredibly focused on the task at hand: Catching coho salmon.
Captain George Eliason has them well-trained to get the fish gutted, cleaned and processed in a matter of a few minutes. It was a real blur to photograph and we had to ask Casey and Garrett to slow down to get a decent picture or two.
So, back to our original question: Just how long does it take for SPC fish to be fully processed?
On the Tammy Lin, fish are headed, gutted, bled, and sent to the freezer hold at 40 below zero so fast that the fish’s heart is still beating on deck when the fish’s natural ocean fresh flavors are locked in in the Tammy Lin’s frozen storage hold. High-quality fish requires special handling — they need to be caught alive, bled immediately, and iced before rigor mortis can set in.
When these fish are thawed, they are fresher than fresh. They maintain the freshness of a fish with its heart still beating.
This freshness is unparalleled in the seafood industry. Less than 5% of Alaska’s salmon are troll-caught. What troll-caught salmon lose in quantity, they more than make up for in quality.
The head cut and gut cleaning are key in producing a premium quality fish.
Blood and guts are the first things in an animal to start decomposing.
On the Tammy Lin, thanks to Captain George Eliason’s hardworking deck hands, fish are gutted and bled within minutes. Their hearts are still beating after the fish is bled. The cuts are clean. The boat is spotless. While the rest of the seafood industry PhotoShops out their processes, we don’t. We’re proud of what we do. The SPC difference in how we handle our fish is what makes such an outstanding product.
There are some trollers who eat the first beating heart of a salmon at the start of a fishing voyage. Casey and Garrett didn’t bother with this tradition. They were too busy working. Garrett started his sophomore year at Sitka High School last week. Casey, 18, from Nome, is still out fishing with George Eliason, captain of the Tammy Lin, one of the hardest working boats in the industry.
Alaska Gold™ wild salmon are line-caught One Fish At A Time using traditional hook and line methods (aka trolling). Troll-caught salmon are known for ultra-premium quality and sustainability. By catching salmon on hook and line, fishermen have time to carefully handle the salmon and clean it with the utmost of care, producing the freshest taste. If you’ve had our salmon, you’ll know that it’s better than any salmon available and that’s because it is troll-caught. A troll-caught salmon is the ultimate in Alaska seafood.
Troll-caught salmon are caught on the open ocean, which means they are bright with shimmering silver skin color and have very high fat content and flesh quality. Troll-caught salmon are quickly bled using a micro-pipette to get out every speck of blood, stopping the degradation process that begins the moment a fish leaves the water. Troll-caught salmon are handled One Fish At A Time and are iced and stowed in a matter of minutes. This careful way in which they are handled means that a troll-caught salmon makes for a premium-quality product with a fresher taste. Troll-caught salmon are the choice for chefs wanting to serve the highest quality seafood.
No fish is handled with more care from the time it leaves the water until it is delivered to a customer than a troll-caught salmon from Alaska Gold Seafood. AlaskaGoldBrand.com is where fish caught by Seafood Producers Cooperative members can be purchased for convenient home delivery with free shipping. Seafood Producers Cooperative is a cooperative of quality-oriented hook and line fishermen and is widely regarded as the industry leader in quality standards.
The Beauty of Line-caught Salmon
We small boat hook and line fishermen catch and process each fish One Hook One Fish At A Time. Hook and line fishing, otherwise known as trolling for salmon, is a traditional way of fishing that results in an extremely high quality salmon. Our line-caught wild salmon are caught, bled, processed and put on ice within minutes of being caught. Our catch methods and handling procedures are unparalleled in the industry.
This video illustrates what is special about fishing with hook and line methods.
The first great benefit of a line-caught wild salmon is that a salmon caught on hook and line is by definition actively feeding and therefore at the peak of their quality and especially loaded with the healthy nutrients that we associate with wild salmon. The second great attribute of a line-caught wild salmon is the great care put into making the fish special, as catching fish on hook and line gives the fisherman time to take care of the fish.
Here’s how it works:
Each of us fishermen has techniques that we have gained over many years and sometimes passed along in families through generations of fishing. Using our knowledge of where freely migrating and actively feeding fish might be, we fishermen head out in our boats and, once at waters we deem to be appropriate for weather and tide conditions, troll with lures or baited hooks at slow speeds. Typically, we try to troll at the speed that the salmon we are catching would be swimming. This not only makes the lures more appealing but minimizes stress on the fish, making for a better quality fish. Minimizing stress on the fish reduces the amount of lactic acid released in the fish, which can cause an off flavor. Through years of trial and error, we fishermen have found the right combination of line, lures and boat speeds to find the right fish. Then, with great care, handling each fish as if it were to be served on our own dinner tables, take the fish we catch back to town for delivery at our fishermen-owned fish plant.
We hook and line fishermen have a deep connection with the ocean and an expansive knowledge of where and how to find the biting salmon. Once a fish is on the line, we frequently know what type of fish it is and how big it might be. We minimize bycatch with our knowledge of where to fish and by pinpointing species with the right lures. We bring the fish to the boat and deliver it onto the boat at the exact moment to avoid any damage to the fish. Once aboard, we bleed and gut the fish immediately. We then quickly ice or freeze the fish capturing the fish in its freshest state so that you can enjoy the highest quality seafood on land.
Our One Fish At A Time philosophy produces the best quality wild-caught salmon and is good for the overall health of the fisheries. Here’s a video on our Good Catch.