Based in Seattle, Loki Fish Company is a handful of small-boat fishermen who were among the leaders in the fishing industry to bypass fish processors and market their catch directly to consumers. Each salmon they catch is bled, dressed, and immediately chilled in cold seawater holds. It’s then flash-frozen at their facility in Coffman Cove. Get to know this family and unique fleet of fishing vessels who are willing to sell a part of their catch directly to you. (If you live in the Seattle area, you might also consider joining their community-supported fishery program.)
Company Name: Loki Fish Company
The Family: Pete Knutson, Hing Lau Ng, Jonah Knutson, Dylan Knutson, Jenn Pellerin
Year Founded: 1979
309 S. Cloverdale St.
Suite C 37
Phone: (206) 937-1048; (206) 962-9977 (wholesale); (206) 938-3975 (fax)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shipping is free depending on where you live and how much you order. You can stop by the store for free pickup regardless of the size of your order. Otherwise, residents of WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, UT can get free ground shipping on orders of $200 or more. The rest of the country can get the same free ground shipping for less perishable “shelf-stable” items. Other items must be sent FedEx 2-Day Express shipping and require an order of $300 or more to qualify for free shipping. They only ship on Tuesdays and orders must be placed on Monday by noon Pacific Time.
Where They Fish
Southeast Alaska, primarily along a 10-mile stretch of beach in Clarence Strait. This is a biologically rich and diverse area with a large amount of tidal mixing.
Type of Fish
Boneless Wild Salmon Fillets, Smoked Wild Salmon, Gourmet Canned Wild Salmon, Wild Salmon Sliders, Smoked Wild Salmon, Wild Salmon Roe, Whole Wild Salmon, Wild Salmon Variety Packs, Cold Smoked Lox
How They Fish
More than just the fishermen, this company helps you connect with each of the fishing vessels that harvest your salmon. The original boat, F/V Loki, is a 38-foot Vestad gillnetter built in 1959 in New Westminster, BC. The latest addition to the fleet is a 46 foot fiberglass freezer troller out of Sitka, Alaska that fishes for king salmon, coho salmon, and tuna. Most of the salmon they sell is gillnetted. You can read more about each team member and fishing vessel on their website.
Quality and Sustainability
As a locally-sourced, fishermen-direct company, they meet and exceed the highest standards of quality and sustainability. Their Alaskan fishery is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. Most of their salmon comes from this Alaskan fishery and is clearly indicated as such. They also have a Puget Sound fishery that isn’t certified but harvests Keta salmon in a sustainable way.
Here’s where things get a little tricky: While the Puget Sound is too polluted to earn the highest certifications, Keta salmon live their entire adult lives in the ocean and typically spend 2-4 weeks or less in Puget Sound before being harvested. But again, this is just a portion of their Keta salmon supply. Most of their salmon comes from the Clarence Strait in Alaska.