Patrick Ashby's journey in the 1980s, entering the world of Alaskan sockeye salmon fishing, is a story marked by dedication, skill development, and the influence of family legacy. Born in the 1960s, Patrick took on the role of a deckhand in Bristol Bay, Alaska, immersing himself in the challenges presented by the pristine yet rugged waters of the region.
What makes Patrick's narrative even more compelling is the connection to his Croatian father-in-law, Bozho Deranja. Bozho played a significant role in initiating the family's involvement with Alaskan salmon. The legacy passed down by Bozho, coupled with Patrick's unwavering commitment to the trade, became the driving force behind his remarkable journey in the salmon fishing industry.
It's noteworthy that the connection between Patrick and Bozho was established through Patrick's relationship with Ana, Bozho's daughter. Interestingly, Patrick and his Croatian father-in-law did not meet until after Patrick had already crossed paths with Ana. This unique family dynamic and the interweaving of personal relationships and professional pursuits contribute to the richness of Patrick's story.
The business name, 'Fisherman's Daughter Salmon,' reflects the familial ties and underscores the role of Ana, the daughter of a fisherman, in the narrative. This name not only pays homage to Patrick's wife but also serves as a testament to the family's deep-rooted connection to the salmon fishing industry, symbolizing a legacy that spans generations. It's a business name that encapsulates both the personal and professional dimensions of Patrick Ashby's journey in the Alaskan salmon fishing world.
Today, the Ashby family continues the legacy, navigating the waters of the Copper River and other renowned Alaskan regions, ensuring that the tradition of harvesting high-quality, wild-caught sockeye salmon persists. Patrick's journey stands as a testament to the intergenerational bond with Alaska's rich marine heritage and a commitment to sustainable fishing practices.
(Patrick Ashby holding a King Salmon)
Fisherman’s Daughter Salmon is a family owned business based on customer satisfaction and in providing our customers a premium, protein-rich and sustainable natural food product. With an established 50+ family years of commercial fishing in the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, we continue to harvest sockeye salmon ourselves every summer, and sharing all of nature’s uniqueness in the form of a beautiful fish from the icy-cold and pristine waters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Fisherman's Daughter Salmon is your direct source to one of nature's most precious gifts when it comes to clean eating. It is our family's passion and our values that drive our business in serving our customers.