You’d have to go down and meet the fishermen at the docks to get a fresher – or wider – selection of seafood than you’ll find in our Markets. The stars of our show are wild salmon – fresh Alaskan in season (May-September); Bruce Gore-caught, fresh-frozen Alaskan salmon year-round; Lummi Island reefnet salmon (July-October); Copper River salmon (usually available only for about a month, starting in mid-May); and, as available, Aleutia Sockeye Salmon Fillets. Alaska is a well-managed, sustainable fishery and the Lummi method is said to be the most sustainable method in the world. Alaskan Halibut is another show stopper – it’s usually available fresh every month except November-February when you can find Bruce Gore-caught frozen halibut.
Here are some other highlights of our selection:
- Kodiak Pacific Cod (January/February) (Note – This fish was formerly called “True” Cod)
- Fresh King Crab (October-January)
- Local Dungeness Crab (Just about year-round)
- Spot Prawns (April-December)
- Dinglebar Ling Cod (May/June)
Optimum freshness is why you can find Dungeness Crabs, North Atlantic Lobster, Spot Prawns and several varieties of local oysters and clams in our live tanks, unique to our Central Market stores. Look for live King Crab in December – but don’t put your hands in the tanks! These tanks turn over their water at least six times an hour, and are outfitted with multipe filtration systems.
Bruce Gore Salmon
Bruce Gore salmon is individually caught by hook and line, bled and flash frozen onboard, and is individually handled to prevent bruising. Bruce Gore of Bainbridge Island perfected the innovative process in the 1970s, setting the standard for unsurpassed quality.
This salmon also is known for stringent onboard sanitation, having no chemical additives, and complete traceability – each fish gets a tracking number that identifies where it was caught and by what boat. The fresh Alaska waters where this salmon is caught has been managed since the 1950s and the salmon – Silver, King and Sockeye – get to our stores within 24 to 48 hours of being caught. The fish travel from Alaska on barges – using fewer energy resources than arriving via airplane. Bruce continues to serve as an onboard consultant to the company he started, Triad Fisheries.
Aleutia Sockeye Salmon Fillets
You can find frozen Aleutia Sockeye Salmon Fillets from September through the early winter, or sometimes into May. Aleutia is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by fishing families along Alaska’s remote Eastern Aleutian Islands and Western Peninsula. It was created to share the best of the traditional ocean sockeye harvest and tell the story of an unknown region and the families there, with proceeds supporting local communities. The sockeye are harvested by families in a low-volume, meticulous fishering – each fish is hand selected, iced immediately and inspected three times before it can bear the Aleutia name.