Our summer fishing trip to Bristol Bay is complete!! This year’s Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run came in just short of 29 million fish. Alaska endured colder than normal temperatures and extreme amounts of snow this past winter. Water temperatures warmed up later, stalling the fish for a few weeks. We began fishing a bit later, with the bulk of our season taking place between June 26th-July 11th. The average catch was lower than normal this year. Most likely because of temperatures, the fish came all at once, with the season falling off quickly the middle of July. Our crew did a fantastic job and had an above average catch! Thank you to the guys for all of their hard work this summer. The days were cold through the whole season…On the water, the average temps were low to mid 40s for most of the season. We are looking forward to having our catch back to Pennsylvania the 2nd or 3rd week of August. Our store in Bloomsburg remains open, and we hope to begin farmers markets again the 3rd week of August! See you soon!!
WildforSalmon is a local business that makes fresh/frozen wild Alaskan sockeye salmon available to you at a common good price. Because we are the fishermen and we are local, we are able to provide you with the highest quality, flash/frozen, Alaskan sockeye available. WildforSalmon is owned and operated by Steve and Jenn Kurian of Bloomsburg, PA.
WildforSalmon began as only an adventurous trip to Alaska in 2002 to do some commercial salmon fishing with a friend. Following our first fishing excursion, we arrived home with 2 coolers of salmon for our friends and family. This is when we quickly realized the uniqueness of the product and the possibilities that lie ahead. We have grown to serve individuals, buying clubs, local farm markets, restaurants, and health food stores. Because WildforSalmon has increased its sales by an average of over 20% per year over the last 4 years, Steve and Jenn have recently purchased their own boat and commercial fishing permit for Bristol Bay, AK.
Our Boat – The R-J
June and July are busy months on the boat. The fishing season lasts approximately 5-7 weeks. Steve is the skipper of our 32’ boat, while Jenn, the first mate, and two other local men are deckhands. While on the boat, we listen to the satellite radio to hear the official fishing periods. As we catch the salmon they are kept in refrigerated holds, making sure the quality is preserved. Every 10 hours we offload our fish onto a larger crab boat which takes the fish in for processing. It is quickly filleted, flash frozen, and vacuum sealed to capture the “direct from the boat” flavor. After fishing, the salmon is sent back to PA where we sell the salmon at local farm markets and other venues.
We created this business to provide natural, sustainably harvested salmon products of superior quality, priced for the common good. We offer wild, Alaskan sockeye salmon because we believe the health benefits received from wild salmon are an essential part of our mind and body health.
As the fishermen, we are able to experience the beauty of Alaska and participate in the native culture of the land. As the demand increases for wild salmon and Omega3 rich diets, we are proud to be able to make this product available to you at an affordable cost. WildforSalmon is delighted to be able to supply you with the best sockeye salmon in the world. Our tireless hours of commercial fishing are rewarded with your love for our product.
Steve and Jenn