Alaskans Own is a non-profit, community supported fishery program. By participating in Alaskans Own, you are taking the health of wild fisheries and Alaska’s coastal communities into your own hands.

How does it work?

 You pay up front for a share. For every month of the fishing season you receive a mix of seasonal, responsibly-caught Alaskan fish. Your money supports community fishermen, conservation research and fisheries advocacy to make sure we all have fish for generations to come. 

who we are

Alaskans Own is part of the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association (ALFA): an alliance of over 150 small-boat fishing families who are committed to fighting for good fisheries policy and research supporting resource conservation. 

what we do

Less than 1 percent of the fish caught in Alaska stays there. We're striving to change that by reconnecting the dots of the seafood supply chain, while pursuing innovative solutions to the problems facing local fishermen. 

Our Fish

All six of our wild Alaskan species are individually landed by troll and longline fishermen. These gear types have some of the lowest impacts on the ocean environment, and produce some of the highest quality fish out there. 

Joining Alaskans Own is about a lot more than buying great fish. It’s an investment in the health of both fish and fisherman, in a cleaner environment, more vibrant local economies and a better future for Alaska. All profits from Alaskans Own will go directly towards supporting fishery conservation research, initiatives to keep fishing access rights local and other efforts to ensure the health and longevity of Alaskan fisheries (Learn more at alfafish.org!). There are countless reasons to join AO, but here are a few: 

 

The fishermen

Alaskans Own fishermen have made a conscious choice to fish in a sustainable manner, and are committed to protecting the abundance and diversity of the nation's oceans for generations to come.  Many are members of ALFA's innovative Fishery Conservation Network, a unique model that engages fishermen in scientific research to address resource conservation issues like fuel efficiency and whale depredation from the ground up. Read all about them here

 

The Quality 

Alaskans Own fishing families harvest seafood using hook and line gear. Both techniques have some of the lowest rates of bycatch, and lowest impacts on the ocean habitat in the industry, and both mean individually handled, high quality fish.  

Each Alaskans Own fish is individually landed, gill bled and chilled within minutes of leaving the ocean. They are then processed at a Sitka-based processing facility into conveniently sized, vacuum-packed frozen fillets. 

Hook and line caught seafood retains the best possible taste and texture. Check out our Species Manifesto for more about species and fishing methods. 

 

The community 

In joining Alaskans Own, subscribers are choosing to be more than just consumers. They are taking an active part in protecting the abundance and diversity of the nation's oceans for generations to come. 

We recognize that it doesn't matter if the fishermen are doing everything right if they don't have the support of consumers. That's why we keep our subscribers in the loop, providing regular updates on issues and stories from the fisheries world.