National Fisherman


Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Alaska wild-caught salmon is definitely in fashion these days — one need only get a load of what Copper River salmon commands for price to understand that. But now the word is the state's prized fish has the opportunity to become fashion.

According to Alaska Dispatch, salmon skin is being fashioned into leather. And it's being used to make all sorts of products — shoes, wallets, handbags, jackets, pants and dresses.

"There is a large demand for it," Sabah Coles, who works in Germany-based manufacturer Nanai's newly opened Los Angeles office, told the Dispatch. "It's used for iPhone covers, motorcycle seats, and has been used for golf gloves, shoes, wall panels, lamps and book binding — anything that you can do with regular leather."

Check out the pics of some of these creations. http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/could-demand-salmon-leather-spawn-new-cottage-industry-alaska (Note to self: Do not let girlfriend see the shoes. Her Shoe Shrine is already obscenely large.)

Not only are salmon leather products in demand, they are being touted as being eco-friendly. Salmon leather, the story says, is considered "a sustainable material derived from the natural bio-waste of salmon processing."

Well, here's to you Alaska salmon. You're delicious, nutritious and will soon be gracing the runways of Paris, Milan and New York.

Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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