Testing, testing. Is this thing on?
Can 40 million Wild Alaskan Salmon have your attention for a few minutes please?
If I were standing at a microphone right now that’s what I’d be saying. This year has seen a record run of Sockeye salmon in Alaska but they may be in jeopardy. No exaggeration. I got it straight from someone who’s been there.
NOTE: I originally published this article on Examiner.com and it was ripped off and republished elsewhere since. But be it known, I, Sheila Murrey, am the author of this article. I’ve since updated this for relevancy.
My husband and I bought some Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon at the Sarasota Farmer’s market, as it’s generally known that Wild Alaskan Salmon contains the amazing health benefits, and we wanted to try it. Well, to our amazement, we found this particular salmon to be the best tasting we’ve ever put in our mouth!
We had an engaging conversation with Eric of Cypress Creek Wild Alaskan Salmon company and learned a lot about the plight of the fish–and the fishers–in Alaska.
Eric’s a down to earth guy, very likeable, knowledgeable, and passionate about sustainable salmon fishing in Alaska. He drew us in with his genuine love for salmon fishing. Eric described where and how they fish for Wild Sockeye Salmon in the Bristol Bay area waters of Alaska and outlined a current struggle they’re facing. (“They” as in the salmon and the fishermen).
The historic huge Wild Alaskan Sockeye (Red) Salmon run in the Bristol Bay annually. Fish and game officers watch and count the fish before they allow a certain number of fishermen to fish there. Then the officers a lot the fishermen shifts, say of 4 hours a day! The fisherman only have a small window of time to fish! It’s VERY controlled and regulated which, ensure the sustainability of this kind of fishing (vs. farm-raised fish which takes krill from the very wild fish these Alaskan fisheries are fishing, and brings in it to feed farm-raised fish that are not sustainable!)
Man always thinks he can beat out nature.
Wild salmon are amazing creatures! I’ve learned that Wild Sockeye Salmon spawn in rivers with young ones typically spending a year or so in fresh water before heading on out to the ocean. When the salmon sense it’s time to spawn they swim with their powerful tails back up the same river (from where they were spawned), to spawn their young (eggs) and afterwards they die. Thus it’s their cycle of life.
The beautiful Sockeye Salmon need to swim. There’s a beauty in the life of a salmon that, if you haven’t seen it on a documentary – you should sometime. Eric recommended a documentary to us: Red Gold. Order it online or look for it on the PBS television channel.
Keep in mind the health reason we enjoy Wild Alaskan Salmon: There are multiple health benefits of eating wild Alaskan salmon (even just once a week) more than just high concentrations of Omega-3 fats. Check Dr. Mercola’s article about eating salmon –>> Click Here and about Omega-3 fats Click Here.
For anyone thinking about the cost of premium Wild Alaskan Salmon consider the logistics of getting this fresh frozen fish to Florida from Alaska: Cypress Creek’s Wild Alaskan Sockeye (Red) Salmon are caught and finished in Bristol Bay, flown to Dutch Harbor and barged to Seattle Washington, then transported frozen to Florida.
Cypress Creek sells wholesale to several restaurants. If you are a restaurant owner who’s sampled this fish and decided the cost per pound was too much, consider the health and happiness of your customers! If you offered the wild Alaskan salmon as a special, or as a seasonal item, or as a “pay a $1.00 surcharge to support Alaskan sustainable fishing” you could make this a win – win for everyone involved!
While I believe it’s probably healthiest if you prepare it yourself at home – you have the option of experiencing this incredible Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon from Cypress Creek in Sarasota Florida ask for it at the following restaurants:
- Mangia Gourmet cafe in St. Petersburg, FL
- Station 400 in Sarasota, FL
- Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Restaurant in Sarasota, FL
We enjoyed a filet, similar to the one pictured, with the ‘ skin on’ filet that we bought from Eric at the farmer’s market and brought to a favorite chef to prepare and grill with a little lemon and pepper… we shared the nearly two pound filet with new friends to rave reviews! Some folks who didn’t even like salmon LOVED it!
So the issue of whether we save the sustainable fishing of beautiful and healthful salmon is fairly simple.
There’s a multinational corporation who wants to put one of the largest ever open pit copper mine in an area of land in southwest Alaska that could directly and negatively impact the sustainable fishing of the largest run of wild salmon in the world. Many in the fishing community are outraged at the potential negative ramifications of the Pebble mine.
I guess as with most issues, it all depends upon your point of view as to which side you most agree with. To provide some perspective:
The executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, Sue Aspelund has been quoted as saying, “It’s incredibly unfortunate that Congress is debating legislation that would directly impact Bristol Bay’s commercial fishermen while thousands of them are currently contributing to yet another historic sockeye salmon season in southwest Alaska.”
So, let’s get this straight – Congress is not allowing the fishermen to testify to the perils this copper mine could impose to their livelihoods? My thoughts go to “free country”, “freedom of speech“, and “government for the people, by the people”! Call me crazy, but I don’t get that at all and that’s what seems un-American about this issue. (Unless of course we are now defining “being American” as one who values and upholds corporate interests over the interest of people living in a particular area of the country).
To get a bit more perspective on this whole copper mining situation, check out this recent news about another one (the Mount Polley Mine) in Canada and its horrid impact on the salmon fishing there –>> Click Here.
For anyone thinking at this point that farm-raised fishing must be the way to go – not so fast… most farm-raised fishing uses krill as feed and it’s being taken away from all ocean creatures at ever increasing rates. Refer to this article on Pure Zing for several reason you don’t want to eat farm-raised fish –>> Click Here.
Read more here about the provocative Pebble mine story –>> Click Here.
I am not here to draw all of conclusions, however, from discussing this issue with those who make their livelihood for their families by fishing these waters, the mining in this area will negatively impact the health and numbers of these awesome fish.
Alaska Government website:
How can you help?
Find this article on Facebook by Jon Corbett – Why Bristol Bay Forever
I’ve highlighted a few lines but you should really read Jon’s article… it will light a fire under you to action!
“For the past decade the majority of the people in the Bristol Bay region have been embroiled in a political battle with foreign corporations and Our Own state. At issue is development of industrial scale mining in the headwaters of the Mulchatna, Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers. This watershed provides about a third of the World’s Salmon and many other species of tasty seafood as well. Bristol Bay is one of the last Wild fisheries left globally…” and Jon continues, “this all really boils down to… the big dollar outside and foreign resource extraction industry has hijacked Juneau from We The People of Alaska and America.” and most importantly, “When the lobbyists spend tens of millions in Juneau to control Our government, It’s time to make sure that the voices of We The People are amplified even more. So when you head to the polls on November 4th… Remember that the Alaska Constitution addresses this clearly… The resources and the government belong to Us…Vote Yes on Bristol Bay Forever!”
Research on fish runs (a comparison):
Canadian research pointing to outcomes garnered by researchers studying the Fraser River salmon numbers:
“While factors in Fraser River salmon declines are not fully understood, several are currently being explored for the federal judicial inquiry
including: environmental changes of freshwater and inland habitat, marine habitat, aquaculture, predators, diseases, and water temperatures.
Related factors include:
Water Quality: !e Fraser River is the most heavily urbanized and industrialized water body in British Columbia.14 Activities including
mining, pulp mills, agriculture, forestry, transportation and other urbanization
cause exceedances in water quality guidelines for: dissolved oxygen, temperature, copper, zinc, lead, cadmium, chromium, and nutrients which can harm aquatic life.15 In contrast, available data for waters in the Bristol Bay region indicate cold, well-oxygenated conditions with low concentrations of dissolved metals and other solutes. Bristol Bay is not highly urbanized or industrialized.”
Visit Cypress Creek’s news and events page to keep up to date.
And last but not least, from the Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, “Thank you for your attention to this public service announcement.”
Blessings, love, health, and peace.
Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful. Be who you want to be.
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