Krist Martinsen and his sons, Olin and Karl, are troll fishermen on the Fishing Vessel Constance out of Sitka Alaska. Once you’ve seen the salmon or ling cod come off the F/V Constance, you’ll never look at seined or netted fish again.
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Taylor Shellfish Farms, now managed by Bill and Paul Taylor, has a long family history of growing and harvesting shellfish, and leadership in regional water quality initiatives. In the 1880s, J.Y. Waldrip – the Taylor’s great-grandfather and an erstwhile rancher and gold miner – settled in Puget Sound to farm Olympic oysters. Today, a fifth generation is involved in the family operation.
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While discriminating diners consider a platter full of oysters on the half shell a treat, most don’t realize those bivalves provided a necessary environmental service by filtering and cleaning the water in which they lived. Washington’s Puget Sound produces clams and oysters that are considered among the highest quality and safest seafood products in the world.
Read more: Pacific Northwest Shellfish – Clean Water and Good Food