Alaskans Own subscription service aids fishery conservation

Alaskans Own seafood shares program, now in its 12th year, is signing up new customers in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Sitka, Juneau and Seattle for monthly deliveries that benefit fishery conservation efforts and seafood donations.

“When someone signs up for our monthly seafood share, they’re not only taking care of their family’s health, but they’re also directly supporting conservation of Alaska’s fisheries and seafood donations for families in need,” said Natalie Sattler, program director.

All profits from the Sitka-based program go toward the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association’s Fishery Conservation network and Seafood Donations Program, which was created in 2020 in response to the rising demand for food assistance throughout Alaska and the greater Pacific Northwest region because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With support of several entities, ranging from Sealaska Corp to First National Bank of Alaska, and many individual and business donors ALFA was able to help deliver over 600,000 donated seafood meals to over 100,000 families in 2020.

Those who sign up for the 2021 seafood shares program will be able to choose from a selection of monthly options including a seafood variety share, salmon lovers share and white fish share. 

All seafood featured in the program are hook-and-line caught wild fish harvested by Southeast Alaska’s troll and longline fishermen.

“The challenges that we all experienced in 2020 really reinforced for us at Alaskans Own that we want to do more than just deliver high quality seafood,” said Linda Behnken, Alaskans Own founder veteran commercial fish harvester and executive director of ALFA. “We want our fish to do good for the greater good. We’re so grateful for our customers who believe in our mission and invest in it every time they buy seafood from Alaskans Own.”

More information about the monthly seafood shares and seasonal seafood boxes offers are online at https://alaskansown.com/pages/how-ao-works.