Instructor’s fish company wins award

In addition to teaching at Seattle Central, Pete Knutson operates a well-known family operated business.

Loki Fish Company, a sustainable fish harvest company in Seattle owned and operated by Anthropology instructor Pete Knutson’s family, has been named a Martha Stewart 2016 American Made Award recipient. Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living chose small business owners who best reflect the American Made Program. Loki Fish Company was selected because they have demonstrated innovation, determination and creativity in the agriculture industry.

Operating since 1979, the company harvests wild salmon and halibut from southeast Alaska and Puget Sound. The salmon are gillnet caught, bled and dressed onboard, immediately chilled to below freezing, then custom processed in Bellingham. Their fish can be found at local Farmer’s Markets in the Seattle area, a number of Seattle restaurants, stores in Washington and Oregon or at catering events. The company also participates in a salmon harvest that has been internationally certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Pete had worked on fishing boats during college but did not like how much fish were being wasted due to poor handling. When he started the company, he made sure that the fish they catch would be handled with care.