Salmon Way of Life
COMMERCIAL FISHING: THE LIFEBLOOD OF CORDOVA
The Copper River and Prince William Sound are home to a vast variety of wildlife. Salmon thrive in these nutrient-rich waters, driving traditional local culture as well as the economies of the region.
COPPER RIVER SALMON
Silken texture, deep red color, and incredible flavor are born from an epic ritual: every year from May through September, Copper River Salmon return to make the arduous 300-mile journey up the turbulent, glacial-fed waters to spawn in their birthplace. This is no easy task and they need to pack on abundant energy reserves to fuel their journey – resulting in salmon that are rich, heart-healthy, and delicious. Copper River wild Alaska King, Sockeye, and Coho salmon are truly unique and superior fish you can serve and eat with pride. Caught by a small fleet of independent fishermen on one and two-man boats, their craft has been handed down for generations along with passion, knowledge, and perseverance. LEARN MORE >
PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND SALMON
Prince William Sound salmon’s rich flavor, dense texture, and vibrant color come from the world’s richest waters that they thrive in. High in omega-3 fatty acids, this wild Alaskan salmon is also known for its incredible health benefits and delicious taste. Each salmon is handled minimally, delivered quickly, and inspected individually to guarantee excellence. LEARN MORE >
COMMITTED TO PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION
The fishing families of Cordova are independent, small business owners dedicated to the long-term sustainability of wild salmon stocks, the environment, and their way of life. Their passion not only preserves their livelihood but also ensures an abundance of future generations of wild salmon.
KNOW (AND SUPPORT) YOUR FISHERMAN
Independent fishermen work tirelessly along the cold and often rough waters of the Copper River and Prince William Sound to feed families near and far with sustainably harvested salmon, groundfish, herring, shellfish, and more. Whether harvested by gillnet, set net, or purse seine; the commercial fishermen of Area E contribute in many, significant ways to the economy and culture of Alaska. Learn more and find ways you can support at cdfu.org. LEARN MORE >