About us

The purpose of this blog is to educate the public about salmon culture in Alaska by:

Vaccination station for juvenile salmon. Tutka Lagoon, Cook Inlet, Alaska.

Vaccination station for juvenile salmon. Tutka Lagoon, Cook Inlet, Alaska.

To be clear, we support fish culture – it’s an efficient way to provide a healthy protein to over 7 billion people whilst reducing pressure on our wild fish resources that have been severely depleted over the past century.

What we take issue with is dishonest promoters of Alaska seafood who insist on covering up the fact that the Alaskan salmon industry does heavily rely on aquaculture. As history has shown, without aquaculture, Alaska would have wiped out it’s salmon many years ago.

We welcome you to our blog and we certainly welcome your comments, thoughts and perspective on this subject.

For our latest posting please visit http://alaskasalmonranching.wordpress.com/

46 Comments on “About us

  1. Interesting, humorous, but true quote coming out of Aquaculture America 2014.


    “I consider the wild salmon fisheries in Alaska to be perhaps the most successful aquaculture initiative ever developed in the United States,” Benetti said, referring to Alaska’s robust hatchery program, which supplies the fishery with a significant chunk of the fish caught in the wild each year. “I think perhaps we should apply that concept to the Gulf [of Mexico].”

    I believe he was being somewhat sarcastic but really does view the Alaskan model as being a form of aquaculture/ranching and far from 100% wild.

    • Yes, sarcastic or not, Benetti’s point is made: Alaska=aquaculture. Thanks for sharing ‘jibcutter’.

  2. This publishers of this blog are so desperate to defame Alaska fisheries and fishermen, they are now recirculating hysteria from an Alaskan “fishermen” who receivers hundreds of thousands of dollars from British Columbia and London base mining companies that are trying build a giant open pit chemical sulfide mine in Bristol Bay Alaska.

  3. This site is downright eerie. Anonymous voices, appearing to advocate managing for “ranched” fish over wild fish, claiming that “at Thanksgiving, no one cares…” whether a turkey is wild, farmed or ranched–and, by extension that no one cares whether our salmon are ranched, farmed or wild? Yikes. I agree with those who observe that the lack of transparency on this site is disturbing and ultimately discrediting. As far as “no one caring…” My wife and I care. Many others do as well.

    • Thanks for your comments Jack and Barbra. To be clear, we do care, very much. That is why this site was created, to discuss the politics and marketing that have a habit of diverting a healthy discussion about fisheries management. Also to be clear, while the site is written to provoke discussion, it is not “advocating” for anything other than fact and science to win over emotion and economics. In fact, we have made it very clear, that both wild, hatchery and farmed fisheries can all be very sustainable and fish is undeniably healthy for us. We should all be eating more and we should all be having a very honest discussion of how to produce more, sustainably.

      We also think you may have missed our sarcasm regarding the turkeys!


  4. Question: So if the department fish and game regulate all the fish and game in america, is anything really considered wild??

    • Hi “joealaska”. Good question, but we would suggest that just because fish and game or regulated, it doesn’t affect whether the animal is cultured or truly “wild”. Populations and habitat are managed, and that may include culture of an animal to ensure sustainability.


  5. If a person camping in the forest for a night feeds a wild turkey, is that bird no longer wild?? Did the Hunter who shot the turkey next thanksgiving, shoot a wild turkey or a “Ranching” Turkey??

    • Hi “joealaska”. Our opinion, and for simplicity sake, if a turkey was born;
      1. in a forest, it’s a wild turkey.
      2. in a barn and raised in that barn, it’s a farmed turkey.
      3. in a barn and then released into the forest to feed, it’s a ranched turkey.

      But more importantly, at Thanksgiving, no one cares. It’s just a turkey.

      Maybe one day soon, no one will care whether a fish is ocean-raised, land-raised, wild, wild-caught, ranched or hatchery raised. It’s a fish and a darn healthy protein that we should be all eating more of.


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