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Aboard the 42-foot Lucky Dove, Claire Laukitis and Peter Neaton fish the pristine waters of the Bering Sea near False Pass, Alaska with Claire’s family. Claire is a second-generation fisherman and born in Alaska. Peter comes from a family farm in Watertown, Minnesota, and has been fishing with the Laukitis family for the past four years.

After realizing the anonymous origin of the seafood offered in the supermarket, Claire and Peter decided to start Morshovi Bay Fish Company to create a direct connection between you and the independent fishermen. Throughout the year they catch premium salmon, halibut, and cod in sustainably managed fisheries. Claire and Peter take great pride in the quality, health benefits and sustainability of their region’s seafood and they want to share it with you.

In 2009 Claire and Peter met at the University of Vermont where they earned degrees in business and nutrition, respectively. When not fishing with Claire’s family or working on the farm with Peter’s family, they spend time in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

Check out the Vermont Quarterly’s article “Going Wild” featuring Claire and Peter’s daily routine on the boat and how UVM’s environmental and farm-to-table values influence Morshovi Bay.

Claire and Peter’s are celebrating their wedding just a few days before starting their Salmon season in False Pass. They will catch your share on their honeymoon!

Stonewall Place

Morshovi Bay’s seafood shares come from the true “wild west” of Alaska’s fishing industry–the pristine Aleutian Islands. “Stonewall Place,” the Laukitis family homestead and summer fish camp is our base when not on the boat.

Off-the-grid and only accessible by boat, Stonewall Place is powered by alternative energy. Here we have a greenhouse, chicken coop and smokehouse. The nearest village is False Pass, Alaska, about three miles away. Set among the mountains, streams, tundra, and bears, Stonewall Place encompasses all that is wild Alaska. Some of your fish are caught right in the waters that serve as our front yard!

During fishing closures if nearby we return to the homestead to work in our greenhouse, put out a subsistence crab pot, pick wild Salmon Berries to make jam, visit hot springs nearby, or stretch our legs by hiking up the ridge and mountains behind our homestead. Claire and her younger sister Emma, also make nautical apparel inspired by their summers on the boat and love for the ocean, check out their environmentally friendly business Salmon Sisters.

Giving Back

Claire and Peter are dedicated to donating a portion of their profit to the Alaska Marine Conservation Council to help protect the integrity of Alaska’s marine ecosystems and ocean-dependent communities. A share of Morshovi Bay’s Wild Seafood will also be donated to the Alaska Farm to School program, building connections between youth and the food system.