5 chefs from the heart of salmon country share their secrets for cooking the West's favorite fish
Photo by Leigh Beisch; styling by Emma Star Jensen
Amy Grondin, a Northwest sustainable fisheries consultant, shares ideas to help salmon thrive:
- 1. Eat all five species (previous page).
- 2. Buy frozen or locally caught in season—they often have a smaller carbon footprint than fresh, shipped fish.
- 3. Choose wild, especially from Alaska, over farmed. Alaska has the healthiest salmon habitat.
- 4. Buy organic foods The residue from pesticides and fertilizers pollutes streams.
- 5. Conserve water and electricity Using less water for lawns and hydropower frees up more water for fish.
- 6. Look for the Salmon-Safe label on Northwest produce and wine (salmonsafe.org).
- 7. Join a cause Restore habitat West-wide: Trout Unlimited. Restore Northwest habitat: Save Our Wild Salmon; Long Live the Kings. Protect Bristol Bay, Alaska, site of a proposed open-pit mine and home to one-third of the world’s salmon: savebristolbay.org