What else is there?
A lot, actually. Purchasing salmon is an interesting thing. There is a
tremendous difference in grade between the elite Chinook salmon (King)
and the common Humpback salmon (Pink). The meat of a fresh King in its
prime is almost impossible to beat. Pinks are edible. In today’s
supermarkets there are Pinks being advertised and sold as Kings – at
King prices! This is great for the store and middleman, but an affront
to both the fisherman and consumer. I have continued my personal
evaluation of the quality and variety of salmon marketed as “fresh
Salmon from Alaska!” Even recently I wandered into “a very prevalent
worldwide superstore” and found Pink salmon (apparently processed in
China) sold as such.
So why are we eating the lowest quality of our own goods? Where
does the best fish go?
The best fish go overseas. In the last 20 years, the going price for
the best salmon in the world has plummeted. Pursuing the cause for
this, a number of grim realities have surfaced. The late 80’s saw the
number of returning Sockeye (Red salmon – a high quality fish) in
great volume, and going for high prices. Because there was so much
product and such great return for it, Fishermen began seeking markets
for distribution of their goods. Foreign markets answered that call
with their ability to purchase massive volumes of fish and sell off
that inventory rapidly for quick turnover. At the same time foreign
salmon farms began forming markets in the U.S. The reality is this:
one of the best, healthiest food products in the world is being almost
given away to foreign countries as they send us products that are
toxic and unhealthy.
As we grow in understanding of which salmon are healthy to eat (a
narrowing field) and the importance of eating those salmon as part of
a healthy diet, a question arises:
How do I know the salmon I purchase are “taken care of”?
At Sought Out Salmon we are the Fishermen! We hand-select specific
salmon for this market, only the best of the best! While freshly
caught, we personally gill and chill each salmon in a specific process
formulated to ensure the highest quality product possible. We maintain
and assure the quality of the salmon from initial catch until it is
delivered to you. Each year, Alaskans and fishermen around the world
spend thousands of dollars to catch and process their own salmon in
the hopes of getting the best there is, but if they do not “bleed” the
fish and immediately reduce its core temperature, the salmon begins to
degenerate. This causes the meat to become soft and taste “fishy”.
Salmon purchased through Sought Out are of a higher quality than most
caught even by rod and reel, because we know and implement the science
required for a prime product.
It is the vision of Sought Out to have a direct relationship with our
customers through our representatives, each of whom either knows the
fishermen or has fished on the fish-site themselves. Few people have
the opportunity to be in direct relation with the producers. Our hope
is that the relationships established by this will eventually lead our
customers to come and visit us here, in Alaska, and see for
us if you'd like to be in touch with a representative.