The beautiful mi?aat (sockeye) salmon you are about to enjoy was sustainably caught by Nuu-chah-nulth fishers from the Ahousaht, Ehattesaht, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, Hesquiaht and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations (the “Five Nations”) along the west coast of Nuu-chah-nulth territory on what is known as Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Our fish are not limitless. We want to be sure that for generations to come there are always more fish than the men, women, and children who are trying to catch them.
Nuu-chah-nulth fishers implement small-scale, hook-and-line and trap fisheries. By using these methods, our fishers create the least amount of by-catch, which are incidences of unwanted marine creatures that are caught while fishing for another species. The Nuu-chah-nulth value of ‘isaak’ (respect with caring) strongly shapes the manner with which each fisher interacts with the fish.
Additional sustainability measures in our fisheries include regular biological assessments, regular checks on harvest locations to assess harvest techniques, and the training of every fisher who is on the water. All of our fisheries are monitored, and all harvested species are recorded and traced through rigorous data capture and analysis.
We have fished these rich, rugged waters since time immemorial for sustenance and trade. Today we manage and sustain this fishery for both our current food, social and ceremonial needs and for that of our future generations, sharing any available surplus with eager markets.
Our troll-caught Mi?aat (Sockeye), come from local stocks like Somas River in May through June, and from migrating Fraser River sockeye in July and August when there is a fishable surplus available. Individually captured and handled with care, filleted and flash frozen, each fish must meet the high quality standards of our fishers and buyers. These sockeye are the first to arrive in the BC marine fisheries and are prised for their rich oil reserves and firm ruby-red flesh all season long, that’s perfect for any salmon dish.