MACHIAS – If you noticed that your salmon is dark red and tasting richer than usual, that’s okay, you probably are eating salmon coming from Alaska. A couple is looking to bring in a new market to the state.
It’s not uncommon to see fishermen trying to make a living from within their own homes. But when you’re catching red salmon, that’s when questions are being asked.
“It’s important that fishing isn’t only lobster in Maine,” said Chris Mullen, a fishmonger.
Their sockeye salmons are being caught in Alaska for the enjoyment of Mainers statewide.
“We’re able to bring top quality, frozen salmon to the people in Maine,” he said.
It’s a new business but they are already getting a lot of sales. Their website Mongr.net allows customers to order cases of salmon.
“All of our fish are vacuumed packed and sealed,” said Tora Johnson, co-fishmonger, “There’s a special flash freezing process, which happens right on the shores of Bristol Bay. So it’s frozen within being caught.”
This will prevent them from freezer burns, drying up and separating.
“Fish for your freezer at home, that’s absolutely top quality the closest that you can get for out of the water,” said Mullen.
Not only do they ship and deliver, but they also bring them to the Machias Marketplace and Bangor’s European Market.
“We are really committed to supporting the community here,” said Johnson, “We are giving 10 percent of our profits to the Downeast Salmon Federation and we’re working a lot with local organizations, especially those supporting local fisheries and local communities.”