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Hot Smoked Alaskan Keta Salmon

1 Pack (Unsliced) (200g)



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  • Wild


From Alaska, smoked at Jackson's Smokery, Newton Abbot.

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Alaska, smoked in Newton Abbott

Sole of Discretion says

Our Keta comes from two different fisheries, one from indigenous fishers near the Kotzebue Sound to the north of the Bering sea, and the other from South East Alaska, Crawfish Bay. Both are caught by gill net. Keta hatch and live in fresh water for 3-4 months before swimming out to sea where they stay for 3 to 4 years, before returning to the river they were born into spawn and die.

Kotzebue Keta is the only commercial fishery for wild salmon in North America above the Arctic Circle. The fisherman of Kotzebue are Inupiat inuit descendants. The fish are all caught in Kotzebue Sound that is very shallow. The two rivers the Kotzebue Keta spawn in are the Kobuk and Noatak. These Keta come from the most pristine waters in Alaska, The Arctic Circle. The fisherman are allowed to fish 10 hours a day, Sunday-Friday starting July 10 through August 31. All Fisherman take ice in the morning and deliver once, twice or three times a day depending on fishing.

The Crawfish Bay Keta is fished by members of Alaska’s oldest fishing cooperative, some of whom we met on our trip to Alaska in search of a like-minded fishing community. We met with the regulators in Juneau to be reassured that the fishery is well managed, and is one of the best examples in the world of a well-managed fishery. This fishery operates in an area where ‘enhanced’ fisheries from hatcheries operate. Hatcheries release 2 gram fry into the open sea to augment and supplement the wild catch. For a fisherman, it’s not possible to tell whether the keta is a hatchery fish, they look identical. We visited a hatchery while in Alaska, and while not completely comfortable with their existence, evidence suggests that since they started back in the 1970s, the increased catch of keta has not been at the expense of the eco system.


Wild Alaskan Keta Salmon, Salt.


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We provide the ability for the fishers to land, process and sell their own fish, offering full traceability through the supply chain - a first in the UK. By working only with small-scale boats of under 10ms in length, there is significantly less damage to the marine environment than from the large trawlers. The fishers are paid a fair price, agreed in advance - thereby creating a market mechanism for rewarding those fishers doing the least damage to the environment. Our fishers land late in an evening, or early in the morning, we pack and process during the day usually into 300gm fillet packs, and put the fish on the Intercity train to Farmdrop customers in London for same-day delivery. It’s hard to beat that freshness, and because we use only static nets or hand liners, the quality is unbeatable. We trace back to each boat, and all our retail packs state the name of the fisher and method of catch. We also blast freeze our fish - this is an integral part of our ethos: the small-scale fishers are often unable to get out in poor weather, so in order to meet customer demand and be able to continuously supply, we sell their fish frozen when they are not able to get out to sea. In blind tastings, blast frozen, freshly landed fish tasted really good compared to fresh fish that is a few days old, in fact, many people preferred the frozen! We have recently been audited by the Soil Association, and are the UK’s first wild fishery permitted to use their logo. We also work with Exeter University’s marine biology department to help verify the science behind what we do, and videos and links to their research is publicly available.

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