RIVER SELECT PREMIUM WILD SALMON JERKY
A SUSTAINABLE SALMON PRODUCT FROM BCS GREATEST RIVERS
When biologists learned that wild Pacific salmon were under threat from fishing in mixed migrating schools they began to manage fishing more selectively so that the survival of all salmon stocks could be assured.
Genetic diversity is what gives Pacific salmon their resilience against diseases and climate change, and if we fish salmon when they are mixed from many different rivers, we can over-harvest some salmon runs even while we fish productive ones in the same school sustainably.
Preserving salmon runs in every salmon river in British Columbia is extremely important to the people and wildlife that live there. Some, like indigenous communities, who have survived the harsh Pacific climates because of the nutrients provided by salmon, continue to depend on the salmon that return every year to the rivers they also call home.
The introduction of selective fishing to BC`s greatest salmon rivers has been lifesaving for many Pacific salmon and it has helped preserve the ecological and social systems that in turn depend upon them. However, it also brings change to an industry that built worldwide markets based on the uniform silver ocean-going salmon that most of us can relate to. These markets now must adapt to mature salmon when they arrive in their home rivers, with many variations of colour, flavour and textures – until now few paid attention to the ancient culinary traditions perfected by indigenous fishing communities that have been enjoying these salmon for countless generations before us.
Today River Select Fisheries Cooperative strives to recreate these ancient traditional products, selecting high-quality fillets, smoked, canned and jerky salmon products, just like it was once prepared in a time almost beyond memory. All River Select products also come QR-coded so that you can trace your salmon to its river and fishery of origin, where you will find local profiles, images and exciting history that tells us how these fish have survived and have been enjoyed by people for thousands of years – traceable and sustainable.
Enjoy our premium Wild Salmon Jerky and see for yourself – check out our video on selective fishing below: