The Reef Net Story
Barlean's Fishery has been a family tradition since 1972, with the majority of our fish being harvested by reef nets. Our salmon are caught in the clear, icy waters of the Pacific Ocean and are processed within hours of their capture. At Barlean's, every product is 100% natural and made from natures finest ingredients.
"We take great pride in the superior quality of our products and our name is your guarantee of the finest products available.
"Barlean's Fishery Inc.
REEF NET brand smoked salmon gets its name from the unique and ecological method used to harvest the wild salmon. Traditionally an old Indian style of fishing, reef netting has developed into the most ecological method of harvesting wild salmon. Currently there are less than 30 license holders in the world, all operating in the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Reef net gears are designed so that there is no by-catch of seabirds or other sea life, and untargeted salmon species can be released unharmed and without stress.
Reef netting utilizes a large three sided funnel made of ropes and ribbons that simulate reef grass. The funnel channels the salmon between the two working platforms and into a scoop net. Fishermen standing in towers are able to see the salmon swimming into the net. The net is pulled to the surface and the salmon are slid across a cat walk and into the live tank. The whole process takes less than one minute. Once in the live tank, untargeted species can be released unharmed while the desired ones swim freely. All salmon are hand handled and, since there is no machinery used, there is no bruising to the flesh.
The live-tanks, first designed by Dave and Barb Barlean, are vital to the superior quality of Barlean's
REEF NET Brand products. Dave Barlean revolutionized reef netting by converting the traditional canoe style boats then in use to catamarans and placing a live tank between the pontoons where the captured salmon could swim freely until just moments before processing. This greatly added to the quality and freshness of our salmon.