product & practices
Wild salmon fuel our body, our mind, and our spirit.
Every summer, the tides pull us north to commercially fish June through July in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
After the fishing season, we harness the abundance from our summer's wild harvest to sustainably fuel our souls, our community, and our planet with beautiful, wild, nourishing superfood to be enjoyed year-round. From Sandpoint, ID - our beloved home-base for the other 10 months of the year we aren't fishing - we share our Alaska salmon fillets and create locally value-added artisan smoked products and salmon provisions that are always100% natural.
Having a direct connection to our own food source - and being that direct connection for our communities back home - is something in which we take great honor. We find passion in sharing our ocean's superfood - and the story behind it - from "deck-to-dish."
There is both inherent and intrinsic value to knowing who caught the exact fish on your plate, where it was caught, how it was caught, and the consciousness towards the environmental efforts and communities that responsible sourcing supports. It is a uniquely intimate and educational experience at the table, and we think the flavor and quality of our salmon is only testament to our commitment and values as your fishermen.
By sourcing the salmon on your table directly from us - your fisherman - you actively foster a direct connection to our bountiful oceans, a traceable relationship shared with your food source, cast a vote that honors our sustainable ecosystem and a nod to fishermen who harvest responsibly.
With every purchase of a fillet of wild Alaskan salmon, you play an active role in environmental stewardship.
WILD. SUSTAINABLE. TRACEABLE.
More important and vital to our livelihood than the fish that we catch, are the fish that we don't catch.
Each summer, the pulsing tides in Bristol Bay, Alaska throb with wild salmon migrating upstream to spawn. From the open ocean, they churn upriver, and with an innate instinct, they swim even farther into the very lake from which they were born to lay their own eggs – completing the natural life cycle that is so beautiful and unique to wild salmon, and the ecosystem as a whole.
Sustainability in seafood means that a fishery can exist for the long-haul without over-fishing, habitat damage, pollution, or any other compromise to the other marine plants and animals, nor the environment and ecosystem as a whole.
If it’s Alaskan, it’s sustainable: Fortunately, all Alaskan seafood is certified sustainable thanks to mandated programs that have been strictly monitored and rigidly enforced by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.
Good governance: When Alaska became a state in 1959, Alaskans wrote sustainability into their Constitution – a promise ensuring that all Alaskan fisheries are sustainably managed. In Bristol Bay, Alaska, the past few years have seen record-breaking runs of sockeye salmon – testament to the resources, science-based research, and rules that all enforce sustainability.
Traceability is how restaurants, supermarkets, and direct consumers know that the Alaskan seafood they are purchasing is sustainable. It’s the ability to follow the movement of a fish through specified stages of harvest, processing, and distribution – even traceable to the gear type used and standards of quality that were upheld during harvest.
Thunder’s Catch wild Alaskan Sockeye and King Salmon, sold to our devoted customers at the farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and restaurants know that our Wild Alaskan Sockeye and King salmon are MSC Certified Sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. We deliver a traceable product in a condition that most closely resembles the salmon as they first come out of the water. Unlike many of our competition’s fishing boats, our fishing fleet chills the fish at the point of harvest. We use temperature probes in our fish holds. We float and bleed our fish onboard. We use mats and salmon slides to prevent bruising, and we aim to offer the highest quality salmon possible.