Friedman Family Fisheries
freshly frozen and smoked wild Alaska sockeye salmon, caught and processed by us at our fish site in Alaska|
Every summer, our family travels to our fish site at Ekuk Beach in the Nushagak River District, Bristol Bay, Alaska, to fish commercially for sockeye salmon. We have built a small processing plant on land we own near our fish site, and bring home to Baltimore a portion of our catch to market personally. We catch, process, and sell only wild sockeye, king, and silver salmon that we ourselves have caught at our fish site. There are no fish farms, hatcheries, or artificial enhancement efforts of any kind in Bristol Bay. Iced immediately after being picked out of our net, our salmon are quickly processed, vacuum packed, and flash frozen to 20 degrees below, where they will store well for many months.
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Freshly frozen sockeye, pieces and fillets
pieces weigh about 1 lb. each, some a bit more, some a bit less (but NOT as small as ½ lb.)
fillets weigh 1 ¼ - 3 lbs. each, order fillets in ¼ lb increments starting at 1 ¼ lbs.
Freshly frozen king, pieces and fillets
pieces weigh 1 ¼ - 2 lbs. each, average piece weighs 1 ½ lbs. – smaller pieces are less common
fillets weigh 2 – 6 lbs. each, order in whole pound increments
Butterfly fillets of freshly frozen sockeye
skinless, mostly boneless, average vacuum pouch weighs 1/3 lb. +/- so it is single serve
can be cooked frozen directly from the freezer, so it is very convenient but still gourmet
Whole dressed freshly frozen sockeye
the whole salmon in one piece, guts out, head gone, tail gone
small = 3 ½ - 4 ½ lbs., sometimes to 4 ¾ lbs. medium = 4 ½ - 5 ½ lbs.large = 5 ½ - 6 ½ lbs.
can be stuffed with anything; inquire about our pineapple recipe – or cut into steaks or fillets
dressed salmon are all clean and ready to go – all you need to do is thaw, no cleaning necessary
Freshly frozen silver fillets. LIMITED AVAILABILITY
but ask anyway because I might have 1 or 2 on hand by chance
fillets only, no pieces – weight is between 1 ¼ - 1 ¾ lbs. each, average is 1 ½ lbs.
Smoked salmon sockeye
3 flavors available include traditional, black pepper encrusted, and maple syrup infused
no difference in cost between flavors
available sizes are the random ½ - ¾ lb. piece, then 1, 1 ½, 2, and 2+ lb. fillet
order by species x flavor x what size x how many
all flavors of smoked sockeye usually stocked
only traditional flavor smoked king usually stocked, order other flavors ahead of time
Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
The fact that our salmon are wild is significant, for several reasons. No farm raised salmon has intrinsic quality that can match that of a properly handled wild salmon. Because we have direct control and responsibility for extrinsic factors including catching, grading, processing, smoking, and marketing of our salmon, our customers can be assured of the highest and most consistent quality. Our salmon are special and select, and are worthy of being served at any important occasion. The differences in color and flavor between wild and farm raised salmon are readily apparent.
There are several issues re farm raised salmon which concern people today. Chemical and medicinal inputs to feed, antibiotics to medicate the growing salmon in their net pens against diseases caused by stress due to crowded conditions, and coloring agent to give the salmon flesh an attractive color which would be absent otherwise, are of increasing concern to people looking for high quality and nourishing food. The siting of net pens is important because intense nutrient loading from salmon waste taxes the ability of the local ecosystem to break down those wastes, creating a dead zone downstream of the net pens. All these factors combine to create conditions conducive to the outbreak of disease which can easily spread to wild salmon passing by. In several areas of British Columbia, the loss of traditionally fished local wild salmon stocks nearby to net pens has caused social disruption and labor issues in local populations of First Nation peoples, who can no longer subsist on once plentiful wild salmon stocks. There is also the important issue of escapes from the net pens, where farm raised salmon directly compete with wild salmon for food, and potentially spread disease as they come into contact with wild salmon. Farm raised salmon have been documented on the spawning grounds of streams in British Columbia and Alaska, where the above factors come into play. Also, as they increase their numbers through spawning in the wild, farm raised Atlantic salmon may start to displace native stocks of Pacific salmon. Finally, wild salmon are not genetically modified by corporations. They are real, from Nature.
Traditionally, most wild salmon have been exported to other countries, primarily Japan or China, if they were not sold in America as a seasonal treat. As the public has become more aware of the issues surrounding farm raised salmon and foreign exports, some small processors – few of whom are also fishermen like myself – are opting out of traditional markets to the extent possible, and are bringing this high quality American product directly to the American market.
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Consider a gift of FFF smoked salmon for family/friends; they'll appreciate it. I can and do send gifts of smoked salmon anywhere in the US via Priority Mail. You pay only actual PM cost - I do not charge extra for the service. Contact me directly via email, and let me know the correct name and shipping address. Tell me what flavor smoked, what size, how many. See the flow chart above (Ingredients Section) to assist with your choices. Mix and match flavors and sizes, not a problem. Let me know if there is a message you would like me to write on your behalf, on the enclosed Gift of Salmon Information Sheet, which is the same as the regular Info Sheet but without the prices listed. I'm happy to do so. I will send you an ebill with all the information you need to mail me a check. As always, I work on the honor system.
Gifts of salmon can be sent any time of year.
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CONSIGN: Freshly frozen sockeye pieces
9 pounds available. Order number of pounds. You will be billed for exact DRESSED/HANGING weight (between 1 and 3 pounds)
order number of pieces.
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CONSIGN: Whole dressed Sockeye Salmon, SMALL (ORDER BY # of FISH)
3 whole fishes available. Order number of whole fishes. You will be billed for exact PROCESSED weight (between 3.25 and 4.25 pounds)
Whole dressed freshly frozen sockeye. The whole salmon in one piece, guts out, head gone, tail gone. Dressed salmon are all clean and ready to go - all you need to do is thaw, no cleaning necessary.