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About Our Company
Ed’s Kasilof Seafood’s is a family owned and operated gourmet Alaska Seafood Company. We have been buying wild salmon and processing gourmet seafood since 1970. Our facilities are inspected and approved by the State of Alaska, FDA and is HAACP compliant. The main seafood processing plant is located in Kasilof Alaska, adjacent to the Kasilof River and the wild salmon fishing grounds of Cook Inlet. All of our wild salmon and gourmet seafood gifts are processed using state of the art fish processing equipment. Our gourmet seafood retail outlet is located next to the Kenai River in Soldotna. This is also a drop-off point for all your Alaska sport fish processing and custom smoking needs.
History of Kasilof
Kasilof was actually called Kussilof when the first Russian explorers began to arrive in the early 1780's and established fur trading posts in the Cook Inlet drainage. The United Sates purchased Alaska from Russiain 1867 just in time for the Gold Rush to begin. By 1882 the Alaska Packing Company established the first salmon cannery at the mouth of the Kasilof River. The primary way of harvesting salmon was the the use of pilings driven into the ocean floor covered with chichen wire. These fish traps extended a long lead out into the Inlet to lead the salmon into the trap near the shore. Kasilof became the center of the silver fox farming industry during the 1920's and into the mid 1930's but the great depression saw a collapse of the fur market. Our salmon processing facility is actually located on one of the old fox farms which was owned by Henie Burger who incidentally also operated a steam ship line that serviced Seward, Nuka Bay , Port Chatham, Illiamna, Snug Harbor, Seldovia, Kalgin Island, Ninilchik, Kasilof, Kenai, Tyonek and Anchorage. Berger's homestead also was the site of the first post office in 1921.The primary mode of transportation back then was by water since there was a lack of roads until one was built in 1929 from the mouth of the Kasilof River to Doc Pollards house five miles away. Heinie Berger built a dock for his steam line in 1931 where Old Kasilof Landing is now located. In 1932 the first school was built upstream on the Coho side of the river. The first telephones consisted of crank phones with wire strung through the forest between homesteads. Our home site was abandoned in the late 1930's until the Huebsch family moved in in 1959 and lived there until 1968 when we purchased it. During their time of ownership they operated a dry dock for the commercial fishing fleet. My family has lived at this place we call the homestead for the past 35 years. We have seen many changes but the one constant that always brings our family together is the annual return of the salmon. I sincerely hope that one day all of our grand children's children are still able to enjoy the same rituals that we sometimes take for granted.
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