Story behind our Kulshan Sockeye Salmon
Haggen is proud to offer some of the finest Sockeye from Kodiak, Alaska. The Sockeye from this run is delivered to Haggen by Ocean Beauty, who works directly with Kodiak fishermen like Captain Robert “Roddy” McDonnell, a Bellingham native who has been fishing for more than 40 years. Captain Roddy captains the Kulshan, named after the Native American name for Mt. Baker.
When Ocean Beauty fishermen like Captain Roddy and his crew catch the salmon, the fish are immediately placed into a tank of chilled seawater. They’re transferred to a larger tender ship, which delivers the catch to the Ocean Beauty cannery in Alitak, Alaska. From there, the fish are delivered to the distribution center in Seattle and then trucked straight to our Haggen stores. Ocean Beauty is instrumental in ensuring that the fish are handled with care and distributed promptly.
McDonnell said, “It makes me feel good that when I go to Haggen and see that a shopper could have conceivably gotten a fish from my boat—that this lucky person will get my salmon on their dinner table. It’s all about being local.”
Captain Roddy serves as a board member of the Bellingham Food Bank and is passionate about serving his community and reducing hunger in Bellingham. “It feels good to know that not only are you feeding people around the world but people here in Bellingham-Whatcom County—all of Western Washington. People I know and care about, our friends and family.”
Why have we branded the sockeye from this run a “Kulshan” sockeye?
We’re proud of our local connection to this premium Alaskan fish. Each year many fishermen like Captain Roddy from the state of Washington travel to Alaska to fish the prized salmon. We’re committed to offering exceptionally high-quality salmon thanks to our long relationships with these Alaska fishers and our dedication to sourcing local, sustainable products. Our Sockeye salmon from Kodiak, Alaska is branded as “Kulshan” Sockeye salmon to celebrate local fishermen like Captain Roddy and his crew aboard the Kulshan.