FAIRBANKS — Not all of us have time to drive to Chitina for the weekend in hopes of catching salmon to fill our freezer. There is, however, another way to make sure fresh salmon is on hand.

For the first time, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council is expanding its Catch of the Season program to Fairbanks.

Catch of the Season is a community-supported fishery (CSF) that allows Interior Alaskans to buy shares of sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay. It’s a one-time delivery offer for this summer if you order by June 24 for delivery July 1 or 2.

“There is a lot of demand for seafood in general but definitely for salmon,” said Samantha Baker of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

Last summer, the council launched the program in Anchorage, and according to Baker, “It went gangbusters.”

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Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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