As a summary, if you are interested in Reefnetting in general I would suggest taking a look at their website. It’s a great website with lots of useful information available, from pictures to movies to text. I wish more farms had such websites but if that were so I guess I wouldn’t be writing at this site. Hm, oh well; onwards and upwards! Looking on Wikipedia it seems that the Reefnetting practice is primarily a north-west ancient innovation. I find that curious as it is a relatively simple method, but most likely it is just similar to many of the other low-impact fishing methods used by fishers/farms who care about sustainability.
In terms of fish quality, it’s hard to beat these fish. First off they are caught in the wild; always an important plus. They are harvested and bled in seawater and put on ice immediately. Minimal chances of decay or negative nutritional impacts due to handling. Handling is important as it has been shown with beef. Killing a cow in a very stressful slaughterhouse negatively impacts the meat due to hormones that are released in the blood to deal with stress levels. Anyways, back to the fish. A definite and very important issue with the Reefnet Salmon is the lack of disruption to the marine environment. While I’m not concerned primarily about the fish’s habitat for purely altruistic or fishy concerns – I’m concerned with long term availability of wild-caught salmon for my family and personal enjoyment – this is still an important point. Destruction to marine habitat will raise prices on future fish in the long run and decrease supply. The better the habitat the better the fish quality and quantity; so it is in my interest to stay concerned with the issue. Reefnet Salmon seems a great way to go in that regard.
- Wild Salmon (Smoked, Pink, Caviar)
- Alaska Scallops
- Black Cod
- Reefnet Catching
- Location: Bellingham, WA – Google Maps Link
- NW Farm Review Rating: 5 Star
- NW Farm Review Visit: None
- Standards Confirmation: None
- Website: Lummi Island Reefnet Salmon – http://www.lummiislandwild.com