The Salish Center For Sustainable Fishing Methods.

The Salish Center, focuses on the synergies between Chinook Salmon and Orcas in the Salish Sea. Chinook are the primary source of sustenance for the Orcas, which makes their existence critical to these beautiful mammals.

A New Partnership

Connecting with Riley Starks, Executive Director and Board President Larry Mellum, has created an opportunity for us to learn and experience ways in which we interact and impact our environment. Through this relationship, we are able to share our common interests and develop a partnership that will bring rich products to animals.

Our Impact On The Ocean

The Salish Sea, consisting of British Columbia and Washington state waters, are renowned for producing some of the world's finest seafood. Both indigenous and modern fishing families play a vital role in supplying the world with its unique array of flavors. However, despite its historical commercial and recreational importance, the region, like many others globally, faces significant challenges. Overfishing, bycatch, and the destructive impact of commercial fishing on the ocean floor are pressing issues endangering our oceans. Without an appropriate response, we risk losing the bounties of the sea, which could expose us to a new set of problems.

Fishing operations today rely on meeting quotas and harvesting specific species of fish during a given season. With today’s pressures on meeting those targets, it is no wonder we have a severe problem facing our ocean’s; more specifically, that of overfishing and bycatch. 

The method of harvesting fish and crustacean can be extremely damaging to the ecosystem. They often come with what’s known as high amounts of wasted by catch. This results in large amounts of unwanted or unusable fish. 

By catch refers to specific species or fish that are unusable or unwanted. This results in waste, but most of all its impact results in an ecosystem-wide decimation of species, negatively affecting all manner of sea life; and us.

Truly sustainable seafood.

A non-profit organization, the Salish Center, serves not only as an educational platform, but an advocate for responsible fishing practices. The Center employs reef netting, a widely regarded method of ensuring zero bycatch and waste. They also partner with a local tribes and fisheries to harvest numerous species of fish, and locally cultivated kelp.

Amica has chosen to source its salmon, halibut, and kelp products exclusively through this organization. Driven by our commitment to minimize any negative impact on species and the environment, as well as alignment with the Salish Center’s mission, we believe this partnership blends well with Amica's vision of fostering a stronger and more meaningful connection with the sea.

A Healthier Ecosystem

Amica has been researching, and is committed to the conservation of ecosystems, and preservation of habitats and species. This mindset impacts every decision, resulting in carefully developed products and thoughtful engagement with our partners, you, and your animals.