Meet one of our Copper River Alaska Fishermwomen...Thea Thomas

Thea Thomas
Fishing Vessel:  Myrmidon

Hometown: Cordova, Alaska USA

Fishing since: 1987 

Commercial Fishing: "It is the best possible job. It is challenging, fun, and we work in  one the most beautiful places on earth, harvesting one of the world's  very best foods." 

The Copper River: It's that long cold river, and the high oil content necessary for them  to fight their way home, giving them all that wonderful rich flavor." 

Favorite way to prepare: "Marinated in my own lime juice, soy sauce, olive oil marinade and then grilled."

Dedicated to long term sustainability of wild salmon stocks, the environment and a traditional way of life. Our passion not only preserves our livelihood but also ensures abundance for future generations. 

Each prized fish is treated so carefully...

Copper River salmon are caught by a small fleet of independent fishermen, on one and two-man boats. This craft has been handed down for generations along with passion, knowledge and perseverance. Hand picked from the net one by one, our salmon are individually, handled, inspected for quality, stored on ice in refrigerated holds and urgently shipped by plane daily for the pinnacle of freshness.

The World's Finest Salmon

From the first bite, you can taste the difference in the wild salmon harvested from Alaska's renown Copper River. Silken texture, deep red color, and incredible flavor are born from an epic ritual: every year from May through September, King, Sockeye and Coho return to the Copper River to make the arduous 300 mile journey up the turbulent, glacial fed waters to spawn in their birthplace. This is no easy task and they need to pack on abundant energy reserves to fuel their journey - resulting in salmon rich in heart healthy and delicious fats high in omega-3 fatty acids. This perfect combination of diet and DNA yield a superior color, texture, and taste - not to mention increased health benefits. Copper River wild Alaska King, Sockeye and Coho salmon are truly unique and superior fish you can serve and eat with pride.

Alaska's Copper River, the Crown Jewel of the Pristine Gulf of Alaska

Rising out of the Copper Glacier in the untouched wilderness of south central Alaska, the Copper River Delta is one of the last intact watersheds in the world - turbid glacial water flowing through the majestic Wrangell and Chugach Mountains to the central coast where it empties into the Gulf of Alaska. This is where our fishery is located, and where we sustainably harvest the world's finest salmon.