Baker Lake, Wash. and Bellingham, Wash. (May 13, 2015) – In Haggen’s continuing mission to provide the very best local products to its customers, the company has forged a new partnership with Swinomish Fish Company to bring fresh Baker Lake salmon to its seafood cases this spring.
Northwest salmon season is upon us, and the fresh king and sockeye salmon that is sought-after globally is right in Haggen’s backyard. Haggen’s seafood buyer, Amber Thunder Eagle, has spent the winter meeting local fish companies and making arrangements for the world’s best fish to be delivered fresh from the sea to Haggen’s seafood cases.
“Haggen is proud to add this remarkable salmon to our selection of fresh Northwest seafood,” said Thunder Eagle. “I know the care and effort that goes into catching Baker Lake Salmon in a sustainable, responsible way, and the quality really shines through in the flavor.”
The Baker Lake salmon run is predicted to be abundant in 2015, with return levels approaching 35,000 fish. These native salmon follow their instincts through the Salish Sea, push up the Skagit River and return to Baker Lake near Concrete, Washington. As recently as 1985 the run faced near-extinction, with only 99 fish returning to the lake. But thanks to local conservation efforts, including education and habitat restoration, the health of the run has been restored. In 2012, a record-high return was recorded with more than 48,000 fish returning to spawn. Each year, the fish are helped around a dam to provide them access to their ancestral spawning grounds.
“We’re grateful for the restoration of the Baker Lake run, and that we found a proactive partner like Haggen who thinks along the same lines we do – to bring the region’s best salmon to the people of the Northwest in a responsible manner,” said Everette Anderson, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Swinomish Fish Company. “The community who made this possible are steadfast in the preservation of this run, which will benefit the people of Washington for generations.”
Baker Lake Salmon from the fishers of the Swinomish Fish Company will be available at Haggen beginning mid-May while supplies last. Quantities are subject to fishing and weather conditions. For recipes and further information, visit www.haggen.com