Salmon Sisters community & news
Every week we share the stories of Alaskan makers and young fishermen on our social media channels. This project has given us a deeper appreciation for the community who work on Alaska waters and those who work to create Alaska goods. Everyday we learn from new people who inspires us to be better fishermen and create more beautiful things. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've learned from. Stay tuned for more wonderful stories this summer!
Thank you Vogue and the amazing Evgenia Arbugaeva for capturing this community of hard-working women that we hold in such high esteem. What a day for this diverse group of strong and independent women to have a moment of recognition. We feel incredibly to lucky to be able to use our Salmon Sisters audience to highlight our larger community and Alaska’s commercial fisheries.
This year, we traveled to Astoria, Oregon to attend the annual FisherPoets Gathering, a celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song. FisherPoets has attracted storytellers and their many fans since 1998. We dare say it was one of the highlights of our winter.
This fall, Salmon Sister's designer Emma created a book called Ocean Notes. Ocean Notes is a collection of words, photographs, lists, artwork and letters from seafaring women in our commercial fishing community. These women call themselves fishermen and find themselves at sea sometimes for months at a time. Each page of this publication holds a different female fisherman’s experience, the combination of pages defines a collective identity of Alaskan seafaring women.
Over the last several months we've been working on a Young Fishermen Friday and Maker Monday series on our social media channels. This project has given us an opportunity to share the stories of the Alaskan fishing community and provide an inside look at this special world we feel so lucky to be a part of. It's also given us a chance to celebrate the community of makers and creatives throughout the state that we feel inspired by each and every day.
Our whole lives, we’ve fished for salmon. Salmon has nourished our bodies and spirits, put food on the table and helped us pay for college. It’s so connected to our hearts and identities, we named our business in honor of it. If you've seen recent news about parasites in Alaska salmon, please take a minute and read this post.
A story by Emma Laukitis, originally published in Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories from the Salmon Project: "Before I was born my mom and dad bought a homestead on the Aleutian Islands. The place was remote—across the bay from a small Aleut village—but alone on the tundra and surrounded by sea. This place, Stonewall Place, and its proximity to fishing grounds seemed a siren’s call to my young parents on their first married adventure. Salmon were swimming through the pass and into fishermen’s nets. My parents set out to catch their first fish."
This year we're celebrating products made by local Alaskans, and products we love to use while fishing, adventuring, or in our homes, with our Holiday Gift Guide. We hope you support local and gift well this holiday season! On the first 12 days of December, we're giving away one of each item on our gift guide to a random customer who places an order on that day.
We're pretty pumped to announce the new women's boots we've made with Xtratuf for all our Salmon Sisters. We designed ocean-inspired patterns to live on the inside of your favorite classic fishing boots, so when you roll them down you find something special and stylish. Our boots come in two styles, sea-foam green with fish and anchors, and cream with a Giant Pacific Octopus pattern. The Salmon Sisters and Xtratuf logos adorn the outside front of the boots
Our small business is dedicated to celebrating the North Pacific Ocean, its wild creatures, and the creative and hardworking people who make up our coastal communities. Get to know some of the young fishermen and local makers who are resourceful, creative, and focused on sustainability and who make our state great.
We're proud that Outside Magazine recognized our Give:Fish Project in their December Issue's 30 Under 30 feature, because that's something we collaborate on with both the seafood industry and our customer community. In case you didn't know, for each item purchased, we donate a can of wild Alaska salmon caught by our hardworking fleet to the Food Bank of Alaska. Thank you for helping us give back!
We have a lot to celebrate this month. We're teaming up with others in the seafood industry for the Sea A Cure campaign, supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the sales of our new Maritime Bracelets. We're exploring the PNW and getting to know our larger salmon family in Seattle and Bellingham. We're trying new seafood recipes, reading new books about Icelandic women in the fishing industry and stories from Alaskan salmon lovers, and sending safe wishes to our family fishing in the Bering Sea for Wild Alaska Grey Cod.
For our family, summer ends in the Aleutian Islands. Each year after salmon season we take the boat west in search of halibut and longline in the Bering Sea where we grew up fishing. The annual migration is cathartic for all of us as we go through False Pass, passed the homestead on the beach where we were raised, beneath the smoking volcanoes that defined our view as children, through pods of orcas and walrus, along the green rolling archipelago inhabited by brown bears and albatross and red foxes.
Alaska is about to celebrate our first Alaska Wild Salmon Day! We're all very excited to have a whole day dedicated to our love for the resource that sustains us. Celebrate with 20% off our hoodie collection today.
We're very excited to announce the beginning of our Give:Fish Project! For every product Salmon Sisters sells, we donate a can of Wild Alaska Salmon to the Food Bank of Alaska. Our hope is to give back to the communities that have supported us since our beginnings and to inspire other local businesses to find unique ways to keep their homes vibrant. Eating Wild Alaska Salmon makes us feel healthy, happy and strong – which is something we want to share with as many people as possible. With our one-to-one program we support both fishermen working to feed the world and those most in need of this delicious wild protein. Stay wild, friends.
Thank you Alaska Airlines for writing about wild Alaska salmon in the June issue of your inflight magazine! We're happy that Salmon Sisters can help tell the story of salmon love, lifestyle and tradition. So cool to be featured with other salmon stories that we love. The "Wild Catch" story begins on page 78.
Thanks Whoa Magazine for featuring Salmon Sisters! Take a look at the website to find stories about incredible, adventurous women from all over the world who call the wild their home.
We're incredibly humbled to be amongst greatness. Salmon Sisters was chosen from over 600 nominations as a finalist for this year's Outdoor 30 Under 30, highlighting the athletes, designers, founders, and misfits who are challenging the status quo and driving the industry forward. We're thrilled to celebrate with this game-changing group of individuals and learn more about their work and their stories.
Maggie Bursch is one of the youngest female skippers in Bristol Bay. She runs her drift boat, the F/V Georgette Rose with a crew of young fishermen (mostly baddass ladies) and grew up set netting with her family at their fish camp in Pilot Point. Maggie graduated from Colorado College this year and is keeping herself busy working on her boat in Homer this winter, coaching high school nordic skiing, and raising an Australian Shepard puppy named Oso. Maggie is a writer, and a poet and we wanted to share some of her poems with the rest of our salmon family. They're about you and me and all of us as fishermen.
This winter we've been able to attend some great events, many centered around our local food systems and the people behind them. Here are few highlights many resources for fishermen too!
In Cordova, Alaska, a local yarn shop called The Net Loft (owned by Dotty Widmann) is calling for knitters in Alaska to join the Cordova Gansey Project. A "gansey" is a traditional hand-knit wool sweater worn by fishermen.
"I grew up spending time on my parent’s longline and salmon tender boat. I took my first trip on the boat when I was 9 months old. I didn’t fish with my parents during the derby days (not so kid friendly), just when we tendered in the summer. At age 15, I went longlining out of Kodiak with my dad as a paid deckhand for the first time. Every year since then, I have fished seasonally with my parents on their boat, F/V Kariel. Our family fishing has morphed into several trips per year, and we fish with lots of family and friends – my parents, siblings, husband, daughter, aunts and uncle have all been a part of our family trips. I also troll out of Sitka for salmon on the boat my husband Adam and I own, F/V Myriad."