Sustainability is in our DNA, it's at the core of everything we do at Taku River Reds. From utilizing as much of the salmon as possible to recycling our materials, we take every step possible to reduce our footprint on the planet and ensure that our wild salmon fisheries remain sustainable for future generations.
Since statehood in 1959, the State of Alaska has made sustainable fisheries a priority. In fact, it’s even written into the State’s Constitution. Therefore, it's no surprise that Alaska is regarded as an international model of sustainable salmon fishery management.
Since the beginning, biologists, fishery managers, fishermen, and state agencies have worked collaboratively to coordinate and implement the research, monitoring, and enforcement necessary to ensure optimal population levels. Thanks to these and many other efforts over the years, Alaska's wild salmon is certified as "Sustainable" by multiple third parties, including the Marine Stewardship Council and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program.
In the Taku River, we fish for salmon using a drift salmon gillnet; a mesh net with openings that are just large enough for a salmon’s head to fit in, causing their gills to get stuck (hence the name!). The nets are specially designed to only target and capture salmon, meaning that there’s practically zero bycatch. The net sizes (length, depth, and mesh opening) are tightly regulated by Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game whose primary goal is to ensure the future sustainability of Alaska’s native wild fish populations.