How to Fish Sustainably

Spoiler Alert: It ain’t easy

Far more people embrace sustainability as an ideal than practice it. We want everything to be farmed or created sustainably or be created with long term environmental health in mind, without having any rise in cost or any reduction in effectiveness. Many of us have gotten right up to the line to buy something created sustainably, balked at the price, and just not bought anything, rather than supporting something unsustainable. And sometimes, too, buying less sustainable products. We’ve also bought environmentally friendly cleaning products and found things didn’t feel as clean as we were used to.

This is a natural thing we all go through from where we have come from, which is really harsh chemicals that go too far to claim clean that creates the standard for what feels like “clean”. Anything else, compared to the harsh chemicals, feels less clean. Also, we have a natural sense of what things cost based on some very horrible practices that have been long designed to meet our demands for low prices. Here again, we think everything should be cheap on the backs of unsustainable practices. Then when we try to buy things that are produced sustainably, we compare that to what things cost today, and it feels so expensive.

Soapbox done for the day. Hopefully, it primes you that sustainably sourced products should cost more because they are done properly.

Lummi Island Wild

Today, we want to perhaps introduce you to and brag about Lummi Island Wild. They are the most sustainable fishery perhaps on the planet and definitely in the United States.

Their base of operations is in Bellingham, WA, but they fish from Lummi Island all the way up into Alaska.

What they do that is truly unique is an ancient native practice of reefnetting, where they can fish for only the salmon they are looking to catch and release any other species back into the ocean. The motors that pull in the nets are solar powered, making this practice net zero energy use.

They are just an outstanding group of people who hire members of the Lummi Nation for their fishing and packaging opertaions.

The specialize in wild caught salmon, from King to coho to keta, some of it can be smoked. In addition, they also harvest Alaskan halibut, black cod, dungeness crab, caviar, spot prawns, pacific wild cod, just to name a few of their products.

Check them out to support sustainable fishing efforts. You won’t be able to beat the taste of their wild salmon.