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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Every week we share the stories of Alaskan makers and young fishermen on our social media channels. This project has given us a deeper appreciation for the community who work on Alaska waters and those who work to create Alaska goods. Everyday we learn from new people who inspires us to be better fishermen and create more beautiful things. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've learned from. Stay tuned for more wonderful stories this summer!
Thank you Vogue and the amazing Evgenia Arbugaeva for capturing this community of hard-working women that we hold in such high esteem. What a day for this diverse group of strong and independent women to have a moment of recognition. We feel incredibly to lucky to be able to use our Salmon Sisters audience to highlight our larger community and Alaska’s commercial fisheries.
This year, we traveled to Astoria, Oregon to attend the annual FisherPoets Gathering, a celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song. FisherPoets has attracted storytellers and their many fans since 1998. We dare say it was one of the highlights of our winter.