Salmon Sisters community & news
Meet Alaskan maker and private chef, Morgan Stewart of Gypsy Kitchen in Homer AK. If you're like us and crave seafood pretty much every day of the week, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of her interview for a Pesto Parmesan Baked Halibut recipe featuring Salmon Sisters Seafood.
Meet Oceana Wills! We grew up with Oceana in Homer, Alaska. She fishes commercially for sockeye salmon during the summertime in Bristol Bay and works on her artwork the other parts of the year. Her ocean-inspired prints cover the walls of our own home and we are so happy to share them with you! Find her prints on our web shop and at oceanawills.com.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Seafood Month facebook giveaway contest. We are blown away by all of your wild fish dishes! We wanted to share some of your favorites with the rest of our community, so that we can all be inspired to try out a new recipe or maybe a new kind of wild seafood! We hope you have a happy National Seafood Month!
Over the summer we gathered stories from Alaskan young fishermen and local makers. We then shared snippets from each story on our social media channels. This project was born out of a desire to share an inside look at the lives of Alaskan seafaring people and entrepreneurs. Everyday we become more and more inspired by these brave, hardworking Alaskans. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've talked to this summer. Stay tuned for more stories this fall!
Meet our new soft bamboo styles: the Make Waves Leggings, the Small Fins Half Zip, and (coming soon!) the Merino Baselayer Bottoms. These new designs were made for life on and off the water. When we're fishing, we're always looking for something comfortable, soft, temperature regulating, wicking and breathable to wear under our raingear. Our search for a comfortable performance fabric wasn’t something we took lightly. We explored high and low, near and far, until we came across bamboo fabric. And in bamboo, we found everything we were looking for, and then some
Today, we are celebrating the first anniversary of our Give Fish Project with a total of 46,000 cans of salmon already donated, 22,000 on their way to the food bank in September, and our next delivery scheduled for December! We are super proud of these numbers, and our favorite part of this accomplishment is that it is entirely customer-driven. Your individual contributions have helped start something incredibly impactful for the wellbeing of Alaskan communities. We could not feel more grateful.
Since starting our business, we have been sure of one thing: we love our customers! You have pushed us to new places and inspired us everyday with your enthusiasm for what’s wild and strong and beautiful in the world. We wanted to create a special experience for our customers that goes beyond our webshop, and lets us be more flexible and connected to our Alaskan community. We’re excited to announce the newest additions to our Salmon Sisters family, the Fleet and the Flagship!
Last summer, we had the opportunity to host a film crew from Maersk, a Danish shipping company that plays a major role in Alaska's seafood industry, during our fishing season. This project made us think about what it means to share the fish we catch and our designs with the world. Our passion is providing people with healthy sustainable wild seafood, and honoring our relationship with the ocean by creating good sand garments that speak to the wildness in all of us.
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.