Sustainable Salmon Fishing: An Interview with Sitka Salmon Shares fisher, Marsh Skeele

By Josh Brewer and Marsh Skeele

Photographs By: Kelley Jordan

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Sitka Salmon Shares opened to bring sustainable fish harvests straight from Alaskan lures onto Midwestern plates in a way that respects the targeted and non-targeted species, the ocean environment, and Alaskan ecosystems vital to aquatic populations. Lofty as that goal may seem, the Sitka, Alaska- and Galesburg, Illinois-based organization did succeed in landing a handful of the most flavorful King Salmon, Black Cod and Dungeness Crabs to ever grace my skillet, onto my plate and into my belly, deep in the Great Plains. In addition to the taste, wild-caught salmon and cod provide a rich source of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and ALA, panaceas in much health-oriented literature. As news continues to detail poor nutrition at home and collapsing fisheries around the world, I’m heartened by the organizations like Sitka Salmon Shares with sound ecological practices.

I had the pleasure of corresponding with Sitka Salmon Shares fisherman, Marsh Skeele, whose responses have been lightly edited for clarity and concision.