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. We're never sure how long halibut fishing will take us, at the mercy of windy fall weather and the natural fluctuation of the ocean floor and migration of halibut. But this year, the weather was nothing but sunshine and soft swells and fishing was steady, with fat healthy fish on most of our hooks. We enjoyed long days on deck in the most beautiful place we know.
As we return to land and reconnect with our customers, we're happy to announce that the newest addition to the Salmon Sisters collection is all about halibut! The Hippoglussus Stenolepis (Pacific Halibut) Men's Longsleeve Pocket Tee and Women's Baseball Tee celebrate the largest bottom-dwelling flatfish in the North Pacific, which can grow as large as 500 pounds and as old as 40 years of age. Halibut are fished for by commercial fishermen, sport fishermen, and subsistence fishermen alike. We are lucky to live in the Halibut Capital of the World (Homer, Alaska), a community built on the abundance of these majestic and prized fish.
We're also excited to offer wild caught Pacific Halibut Boxes on our webshop, which comes as a one time delivery of flash-frozen, vacuum packed, boneless portions. Each box comes with our favorite recipes, newsletter on our summer, Fillet a Fish Tea Towel and Cedar Grilling Plank. As the world’s premium whitefish, halibut is a naturally lean and light fish with a mild, slightly sweet flavor. It has a firm, flaky texture and delicate, succulent flavor.
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Rich stories, sketches from the sea, recipes, poetry, time-tested advice, knot-tying - these are just some of the elements that weave into the fishing net of our lives. We are thrilled to be contributing members of The Young Alaska Fishermen’s Almanac, a first-ever compilation that celebrates our unique, shared and cherished fishing ways of life. The Almanac captures the ingenuity, persistence, humor and passion of the next generation of fishing leaders in Alaska and shares the stories of those who fish on Alaska's wild waters.
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.