Our family is dedicated to environmentally safe hook-and-line fishing in Alaska. We work long days on the ocean in all kinds of weather, carefully catching fish one at a time, then immediately processing them right on our boat. The result is premium quality seafood that is as beautiful and fresh as the minute it’s caught.
Mark’s love of fishing began as a child with special fishing trips with his father. He established Troller Point Fisheries in 1989 with his wife Dianna, while raising their two young children in Alaska. The Ocean Oasis became a second home for the children and the love for the fishing life soon caught on.
Trolling along the beautiful Alaska coastline, views of dramatic waterfalls, grizzly bears, and an occasional dip in a local hot spring, led to many exciting adventures.
As the family and business grew, everyone became more involved in all aspects of the production. Processing methods were developed to insure the highest quality product. Mark grew in his commitment to preserving his livelihood through good stewardship of the environment. Ocean environment issues, the proliferation of fish farms and management of wild fish populations became vital to the long term health of the ecosystem.
Mark’s personal philosophy and commitment to the environment, have made Troller Point Fisheries a leader in sustainable fisheries. He takes a small crew out to troll, not trawl along the coastline. He doesn’t use giant nets that snag anything and everything—he uses four lines with four to six lures (small spoons, bright flashers, and herring baits) on each.
Trolling for salmon is tricky, as it is challenging, but the bottom line is that this method protects the marine environment and the quality of the fish. Using this method, it takes his crew 12 to 21 days to fill his boat to its 12,000 pound capacity.
In contrast, factory-farmed salmon are crowded into confined pens or ponds, fed feeds containing antibiotics, growth stimulants and coloring agents, all to prevent disease, promote abnormally fast growth, and color the flesh, and nearly all are imported from foreign countries.
Wild Alaskan salmon is pure, natural, delicious food—the way it was meant to be!