Meet the Fishermen
Dan and Pam Strickland met while working for Alaska’s Department of Fish & Game in the mid-seventies and Alaskan fisheries have been at the heart of the family ever since. The past four decades on and around the water saw them work in the processing “slime-lines” of Kasilof and Cordova, ply the shifting sands of the famed Copper River Delta for king and sockeye salmon, run research charters from Nome to the Amatulis, collect marine debris along the rugged Katmai Peninsula, gillnet for herring and sein for salmon in the glacier studded Prince William Sound, and hook halibut out of Homer.
Their four sons, Lukas, Eirin, Dune, and Aube grew up picking fish out of nets on the Copper River flats and ‘setnets’ on the north shore of Bristol Bay’s Egegik River. Luke now runs his own drift boat, the FV Catch-22 based out of Egegik with his wife Adri, and hasn’t missed a season in Bristol Bay since 2001, with the exception of 2009 that they spent on a year-long grant traveling around Africa’s coasts studying the effects of globalization and climate change on local subsistence-oriented fishing communities. Aube skippers the FV Cara Vita, and is pursuing a degree in film at Middlebury College in Vermont. Dune and longtime partner Taylor fish on their boat the FV Fitzcarraldo, and went to school in upstate New York, studying wine-making and international food systems, respectively.
With the aim of continuing the traditions of great food and connection to place that our parents instilled in us through fishing, we decided to launch the Fat Fish Company as a way to connect people everywhere with the quality seafood that we grew up with. Real food from real people, fresh from the sea to your table.
We believe in respect for the environment, good food, and knowing where your food comes from. We love our fish and we hope that you will too!