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Kenai-Red is founded on the same principles as we are at Real Good Fish, with a steadfast commitment to 100% sustainably sourced seafood, traced back to the specific fisherman, boat, and harbor where your fish was landed. With this new relationship we are now happy to offer Real Good Fish members across the country access to these amazing Alaskan salmon species, with the same standards for sourcing and tracing you trust from Real Good Fish.
Kenai-Red Fish Company is headquartered in Portland, Oregon with operations in Ninilchik, AK that proudly delivers high quality, wild caught and sustainably harvested Alaskan seafood to consumers in select markets in the U.S. We are part of a vibrant Community Supported Fishery (CSF) movement that supports small boat fishing families, follows responsible fishing practices and offers a clear and direct supply chain to ensure that consumers are not only getting the highest quality product available anywhere, but know exactly where their seafood comes from.
Family Owned and Operated by Clint Benson and Allison Jones
The Kenai-Red story really started when Clint Benson was an adventurous college student who hitchhiked to Alaska to explore the "last frontier." Clint worked as a commercial fisherman and then started a skiff tendering business, transporting salmon caught in the Cook Inlet using large skiffs. As a result of that enterprise he established relationships with the commercial fisheries on the famous Kenai Peninsula and became known as Clint "Skiffman" Benson. Clint's early Alaskan experience came full circle when he founded Kenai-Red Fish Company in 2013. His daughter, Allison Jones joined as a partner and together they run KRFC.
The Salmon Species
All our salmon comes from the Cook Inlet off the Kenai Peninsula. This is one of the world's most important salmon fisheries, and it helped shape the history of Alaska. Cook Inlet stretches 180 miles (290 km) from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage in south-central Alaska.
Our wild salmon is prepared and frozen with the highest and fastest quality standards. Our salmon is processed by hand in our small facility and is always sustainably harvested. Once you have tried our salmon you will appreciate its superior freshness and taste.
Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is prized around the world. This tasty wild salmon was harvested responsibly by small-scale fishermen in the cold, clear waters of Cook Inlet, Alaska. These vibrant red-flesh fish develop their fresh rich flavor swimming wild in the North Pacific Ocean and are also known as "red salmon" due to their firm rosy flesh.
Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon (Silver) are the second largest species and more abundant than Kings. They have a mild flavor due to a lower fat content and the lowest calorie count of the five species, but are still very high in protein.
Tim is a third-generation Alaskan who operates a setnet fishing site at Humpy Point on the Cook Inlet, in Kasilof AK. Tim and his crew (including his partner Monica Zappa) are "set netters" using gillnet gear set from the beach extending several hundred yards into the waters of the Cook Inlet. They use skiffs to set and hand pick their nets. Tim's site is considered a premier location for catching the famous "KenaiRed" sockeye salmon. Original Alaskan homesteaders, the Osmar family are a legendary commercial fishing family. Tim and Monica are not only commercial fishers, but well-known mushers having both successfully competed in the famous Alaskan Iditarod over many years.
Russell and Cheryn Clark are a family owned fishing business based in Kenai, AK. They have been involved in setnet salmon fishing in Cook Inlet for over 20 years. Both of their daughters also owned fishing permits and fished until they were out of college. The Clark's fishing operation is spread over 80 miles and they are able to fish in several statistical areas including multiple salmon runs. Their primary fishing sites are located in the Northern District.
Specialty Cold Smoked Lox
In 2020 KRFC acquired a processing plant located in Ninilchik AK, including a cold-smoked Sockeye processing operation that we continue to use today. Our European-style Cold Smoked Salmon is hand-crafted in micro batches from our wild Alaskan sockeye salmon caught just offshore and delivered the same day to our processing facility in Ninilchik, AK. Experience the unique silky texture and subtle smokey finish of this ruby red salmon that pairs well with bagels, crackers, salads, and much more. The recipe is perfected by its ingredients including wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, salt, Jamaican dark rum, brown sugar, extra virgin olive oil, & natural alder smoke.