Thea Thomas

Salmon (gillnet)
"[Fishing is] a rare lifestyle where you can learn a really specific set of skills from your parents, continue to make a living with those skills, and raise your kids in the same environment."

How did you get started fishing?

I grew up in Portland Oregon with no connection to commercial fishing or the sea. My home life and education were very urban, include college in Los Angeles. I came to work in the summer with friends from college in a salmon cannery in Chignik Alaska. With a Master’s degree in Biology in hand, I came to Cordova to work for the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Association.

Why is fishing important to you?

When I am not fishing, my passion for it continues through out the year with my involvement in both the regional and state seafood marketing associations.

What’s your favorite way to prepare and eat the fish you catch?

Though marinated, grilled Copper River salmon is hard to match, lately when I have friends to dinner I have been baking salmon. The salmon is filleted, pin bones removed, skinned and portioned. The fish is lightly sprinkled with salt and pepper, then covered with an aioli of mayonnaise, garlic and lemon zest. Baked for about 12 minutes at 375 F…oh so delicious.

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