Vacuum-packed Bristol Bay sockeye is prizewinner

Alaskan Leader took top honors in the new Bristol Bay Choice category at the 2021 Alaska Symphony of Seafoods competition with an eight-ounce vacuum packed Bristol Bay sockeye salmon sourced from Trident Seafoods.

This was the first year of competition in this new category, which was developed in partnership with the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association. The three-year partnership with the symphony promoters, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, is designed to inspire innovation in consumer products for more channels for Bristol Bay sockeye to reach consumer markets.

Other entrants in the Bristol Bay Choice category were Ocean Beauty’s Echo Falls Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon and Tai Foong’s Sockeye Salmon with Miso Glaze.

As the first place winner of the Bristol Bay Choice, Alaskan Leader will receive booth space at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston in 2022 and entry into their national new product competition, the Seafood Excellence Awards.

“The more chances consumers have to buy Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, the more opportunity exists to increase the value of the fishery for our members,” Andy Wink, executive director of the BBRSDA said. “Given the quality improvements our fleet continues to make — with over 94% of the drift catch chilled in 2020 — the efforts by the processing community, and another huge run forecasted for 2022, now is the perfect time to invest in looking ahead at expanding the market presence of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon.”