The gathering of communities to celebrate the harvest, abundance, unity, and the cycles of life, is an ancient and trans-cultural rite that is as much about the future as it is about the past. The symbol of the domestic turkey has generally been pumped up and out with little regard for quality of life--that of the bird, or our own. We propose an alternative candidate for our "thanksgiving" centerpieces--a 'wild food' that is already an ancient symbol of abundance, fertility, prosperity, and renewal. By honoring responsibly harvested wild salmon through our "thanksgiving" traditions, we put value on the cycles of life, and in turn, salmon becomes a symbol of preservation and hope.
Spring distribution is right around the corner. While I’m looking forward to connecting with all the Alaska Select Clubs across the country--I’m feeling the crunch of several coinciding, time-sensitive passion projects. One project in particular has become especially time consuming due its urgent nature. I’ve been working on a documentary with a crew over the last three years. The overarching theme of the documentary is what you’ve seen lots of here on the website--the disconnect between the seafood industry and the consumer. You know, "when you don't know the source of your food, and seafood in particular, there are consequences…”...
Know Your Source, Know Your Fisherman ~ Utah Resident and Alaskan Fisherman Nick Lee is on a quest to help consumers know the source of their seafood.
When people ask me what I do, I like to joke that, “I kill fish for a living.” After all, it’s true. How’s that for transparency?
At eighteen, I boarded an airplane for the first time and landed in Sitka, Alaska to replace my brother who had been injured. I never looked back. Since my inaugural commercial fishing adventure 35 years ago, I have spent every 4thof July in Alaska, which just happens to be the traditional peak fishing for salmon in Bristol Bay Alaska.