Krista and Ryan Philbrick are making high quality salmon accessible and affordable right out of their Gig Harbor home.
The Gig Harbor Couple has fish in their blood, not to mention a strong and innovative work ethic. Ryan grew up in Sun Valley but spent his summers in Alaska fishing with his father in Bristol Bay. Ryan’s family has several generations of boat-builders, and being on the water was very natural to him. His boat F/V Legend is based in Bristol Bay. Krista grew up in North Tacoma, and when they married and were ready to settle down, Gig Harbor seemed a perfect fit.
Krista’s nickname “FishWife” spawned from her jokingly telling Ryan she had to go “darn his nets” in the off – season. It was only after the nickname stuck did she realize the true meaning of the term;
“[ físh wif ] coarse and loud woman: an offensive term for a woman who is regarded as loud-voiced and lacking in manners.”
Krista laughs it off now. Particularly since in 2012 the business sold 50,000 lbs of salmon.
FishWife Salmon is Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon caught fresh and then immediately frozen. Because it’s wild and frozen fresh, it is tastier, fresher and better than the options so common in the grocery store.
Each fish is bled as soon as it leaves the water. This creates a longer lasting and better tasting fish. The salmon are immediately chilled in Ryan’s refrigerated boat to 33 degrees and shortly after harvest, the bin bones are removed. The fish is then vacuumed packed and flash frozen.
FishWife Salmon provides free delivery around the Puget Sound for orders made on their website, and orders outside of the area have a minimal charge. The Sockeye is sold in fillets, portions and smoked. Prices are available at www.FishWifeSalmon.com