Alaska has about 55,000 km of coastline and more than half of the fishery production of American waters comes from Alaska, this region belongs entirely to zone 67 of the statistical division of the United Nations Organization for the food and agriculture (FAO).
The waters of the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska are huge bodies of water and are among the most productive on the planet due to the upwelling of nutrient-rich waters from deep regions of the continental platform. The cold, clean waters off the Alaska coast are home to huge populations of diverse species of fish and shellfish, many in high demand in fish markets around the world.
The simultaneous presence of nutrients and sunlight supports very abundant populations of phytoplankton (microscopic plants, such as diatoms, that live suspended in water and adrift), which, in turn, feed zooplankton (small animals, such as krill, which are also suspended and adrift).
Phytoplankton and zooplankton, in turn, provide food for small fish and shellfish, which are preyed upon by larger fish and shellfish, marine mammals, and seabirds. This fertile ecosystem has supported abundant and sustainable fisheries for decades
Of the most abundant varieties of fish and shellfish you can find:
Alaska Wild Salmon
Alaska is one of the last strongholds of wild salmon and its waters are home to the largest and healthiest populations of wild salmon on the planet.
Wild Smoked Salmon
In Alaska, the salmon cycle continues to set the pace of the industry, and smokehouses continue to use traditional methods to preserve salmon throughout the winter.
Wild Salmon Roe
Ikura is the Russian word (Nkpa) for fish roe in general. Sujiko is what they call the whole salmon ovary, salted and cured.
Alaskan White Fish
The name “white fish” is equivalent to “bottom fish” or “rockfish”, which encompasses various species of white-fleshed fish that live on or near the bottom of the ocean.
Alaska crab fishing takes place during the fall months in the waters off the northern coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.
Alaska shellfish inhabits the deep, clean and cold waters of the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea and are a natural component of the ecosystem.