Harvesters give back to community elders

Dick and Kay Groff were among the dozens of recipients of filleted wild Alaska sockeye salmon during Cordova’s Senior Salmon Day. Photo courtesy of Cordova District Fishermen United

In what has proven a tough year so far for local harvesters, 109 fishermen came together to donate 255 sockeye salmon for Cordova’s elders in the community’s annual Senior Salmon Day.

“We were overwhelmed by the support of the fishermen this year, particularly given the difficult season that if has been, but I believe that speaks volumes to the heart and generosity of this community and our fleet and we could not be more grateful,” said Chelsea Haisman, executive director of Cordova District Fishermen United.

Delivering salmon to Monica Shaw at the Cordova Community Medical Center. Photo courtesy of Cordova District Fishermen United

Processing of the red salmon was donated by four local processing facilities: Trident Seafoods, Copper River Seafoods, 60 North Seafoods and OBI Seafoods, Haisman said.The timing of the event itself was expanded this year because of the pandemic, with deliveries over a period of several days rather than the usual event on Main Street.

The fish were distributed throughout town, including to residents of the Cordova Community Medical Center nursing home in the meal program, those in the Senior Lunch Program, residents of Sunset View, delivered to over 100 elders in the community, and also one box of fillets donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Linda Ecolano receives her Senior Salmon Day fillets. Photo courtesy of Cordova District Fishermen United