Cordova tops for salmon edu-tainment
August 5, 2014
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Cordovans have long used a tactic to make sure their region’s famous salmon remains in the spotlight. They invite food pros from all over the country and show them the ropes.
A variety from east coast to west coast – a cook book writer, radio journalist, food bloggers and photographers …
Nelly Hand is director of the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association. She’s referring to the eight visitors who were in town last month for the annual sockeye tour. They got a real feel for what happens in Cordova during salmon season.
We show them the Copper River water shed and how that is a big part of our fishery, we went out to the glacier and they got to see the sonar counting station from ADF&G and the practices being done for sustainability here. We took them out fishing on the Copper River delta, they met the Fish and Game biologists and got be a part of the community.
A highlight, of course, was eating the fish, Hand says, in a sort of movable feast.
We did a moveable pot lock with local fishermen’s wives homes in Cordova and had salmon cooked every single way – chowder and smoked and caviar …
It’s the 7th year that Cordova’s salmon fishermen have invited visitors to town and they bring a whole lot more with them.
Our guests were on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and sharing pictures and updates of what they were learning live during the week so people across the country could also have that experience of what we were doing every single day.
Another group arrives in late August for a coho tour to round out the season. Hand credits the local fishermen’s marketing group for the program’s success. The State created the opportunity for 12 Alaska regions in 2004.
I think that is what makes it really unique – we are a fisherman funded, fisherman run – our board is made up of 11 different fishermen and that’s who’s making our decisions and creating our programs – and all together we are working to maximize the quality of the fish that we are sharing from our region. 14
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