Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Eat Wild Salmon and Savor Bristol Bay

Freshly caught wild salmon, direct from the pristine waters of Bristol Bay, Alaska, will arrive in restaurants and seafood cases in Portland and Seattle early next month as part of Trout Unlimited Alaska’s Savor Bristol Bay campaign.

Nearly 40 restaurants and markets in Washington and Oregon will feature Bristol Bay sockeye salmon from July 4 to 10 and encourage consumers to “Vote with Their Forks” for this sustainable, carefully managed Alaska fishery that faces threats from proposed large-scale mining.

“Bristol Bay’s sockeye fishery is a model for what defines a truly sustainable, wild salmon fishery, from the size of the nets to the number of fish allowed to be harvested each year. I hadn’t planned on serving salmon on my menu anymore because of declining wild salmon runs on the West Coast,” said Bryan Szeliga, chef de cuisine at Lucy’s Table of Portland. “After learning more about Bristol Bay, its healthy and well-managed the fishery, I decided to get off the sidelines and get involved with Trout Unlimited Alaska’s campaign. By serving these truly wild Bristol Bay sockeye salmon we are able to spread awareness and fight to protect the future of these wild salmon.” Szeliga also appreciates wild salmon outside of the kitchen as he is also an avid fly fisherman and Trout Unlimited member.

Chef Jenn Louis, co-owner of Lincoln Restaurant and Culinary Artistry in Portland agrees.

“The pristine waters that are home to the Bristol Bay sockeye provide perfect habitat for healthy fish and they deserve protection. It is wonderful to have such a prolific fishery and to be able to work with such great seafood in its season.” said Louis.

By participating in Savor Bristol Bay week, businesses are supporting Trout Unlimited Alaska’s grassroots Save Bristol Bay campaign. Bristol Bay is not only rich with wild salmon, but it’s also where developers want to build a massive, open-pit copper and gold mine called Pebble in the headwaters of some of the most productive fish habitat left on the planet. The proposed mine threatens to pollute the waters of Bristol Bay and harm the world’s largest sockeye salmon run. Trout Unlimited Alaska is working with a diverse coalition of food community members, Alaska Native leaders, commercial and sport fishermen and many others to gain permanent protection for Bristol Bay.

“We work with a wide range of Alaskans who typically support natural resource development. But in this case, even people who are pro-mining recognize that a mega-sized mine like Pebble should never be built in such a sensitive and productive watershed like Bristol Bay. The risks of mine pollution harming the fishery are simply too great,” said Tim Bristol, director of Trout Unlimited Alaska.

During the week of July 4 to 10, seafood lovers are encouraged to support Bristol Bay salmon by “Voting with Their Forks” at participating businesses (listed below.). They can also purchase salmon from Seattle’s PCC Markets and Seattle Fish Company or any of the Portland-based New Seasons Markets and Newman’s Fish Market. Several of these retailers will also hold cooking demonstrations and provide salmon recipe ideas for July 4th celebrations.

“We’re pleased to support Savor Bristol Bay week. It's not a question of being pro or anti-mining. I realize that there's a lot of money at stake, but the headwaters of Bristol Bay is simply one of the worst possible places on Earth for a mine like Pebble. The close proximity to the salmon runs, the inevitability of toxic releases, and the massive amount of fish habitat that would be destroyed make this mine a disaster in the making. In light of what we’re seeing happening to the Gulf of Mexico, it’s unconscionable to even consider building this mine. Let's decide to do something and stop the Pebble project before it's too late” said Chef and Gulf Coast native Kevin Davis, owner of Seattle-based Steelhead Diner and Blueacre Seafood.

Savor Bristol Bay Week Events:
  • Screenings of the award-winning Bristol Bay documentary, Red Gold, will be held throughout the week.
  • In Seattle, Roy Street Coffee & Tea will screen Red Gold at 7:30 p.m. on July 6 and at 7:30 p.m. on July 8.
  • In Portland, members of the public are invited to a screening Friday July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ecotrust Building.
  • A Bristol Bay salmon dinner and slideshow will be hosted by Chef Lisa Schroeder at Mother’s Bistro on July 15.
  • Chef Becky Selengut will host a Bristol Bay Salmon cooking class at the Edmonds PCC on Wednesday July 7th. For more details on the class please visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/112619
  • Learn more about Savor Bristol Bay week and what you can do to get involved by visiting the following websites: www.savebristolbay.org and www.whywild.org
  • Participating Seattle Restaurants Steelhead Diner Blueacre Seafood Andaluca Tilth Art of the Table Delicatus Ray's Boathouse Pike Brewing Company Nell's Emmer & Rye Crush Tilikum Place Café Flying Fish Roy Street Coffee Salty's on Alki Beach Salty’s at Redondo Beach Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedar Brook Lodge Kingfisher Dining Lodge, Sleeping Lady Resort Summit House Bistro, Crystal Mountain Resort Seattle Fish Company
  • Participating Portland Restaurants Bridgeport Brewing Company: Brewpub Lincoln Lucy's Table Metrovino Bon Appétit Management Company Irving Street Kitchen The Original Papa Haydn Northwest Papa Haydn East Jo's Bar Cafe Nell Serratto Mother's Bistro Salty's on the Columbia River Higgins Restaurant Bluehour New Seasons Market Newman’s Fish Market Bon Appétit Management Company at OMSI PCC Natural Markets

FN Online Advertising