Note from Jim Stone of Alaska Weathervane Scallops: The Fishermen of Alaska Weathervane Scallops met Duke Moscrip and his executive Chef Bill Ranniger at a waterfront festival in Ballard, called the Fall Fishermen’s Festival. All the proceeds from this festival are donated to the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial. In hindsight, it made sense running into the philanthropist known as Duke Moscrip who was attending the festival. Duke met many of us fishermen working our Weathervane booth. He and Bill loved the sweet taste of the pan-seared Weathervane Scallops we were serving. Immediately, they ordered some Weathervane Scallops from us for their restaurants.
Just having the sweetest scallops in the world on his menu wasn’t enough for Duke, though. He had to know every detail of how, when and where the scallop fishermen do what they do. So the next thing we knew, Duke was flying into Yakutat, Alaska and jumping onboard the 124′ fishing vessel Provider and going out for a day with Captain Tom Minio and crew to learn everything. Since then, Duke has become like an uncle, not only to the Provider crew, but to all of us from the other boats. We often use his restaurants for family gatherings and fishermen meetings.
Uncle Duke is also never afraid to give us constructive criticism if he sees any quality issue slip even just a little. This helps us keep our quality top-notch. Duke is exactly the type of restaurateur we love to work with, so much more rewarding for fishermen than just dealing with seafood distributors and never knowing where our Weathervanes go.
Note from Duke: I feel very privileged to have been able to fish with the fishermen on the Provider. I saw what few restaurant owners get to see and experience. I know first-hand why these Scallops are the best in the world.
About Alaska Weathervane Seafoods:
Alaska Weathervane Seafoods is a marketing group formed by three of the Alaska Weathervane Scallop fishing boats and their crews to sell the sweetest, all-natural scallops in the world. We are dedicated to delivering high quality, frozen-at-sea Alaska Weathervane Scallops that are fished sustainably in a manner respectful to the environment and other fisheries.
At Alaska Weathervane Seafoods, our vessels catch, shuck, clean, size-sort, box and rapid-deep-freeze the Alaska Weathervane within four short hours of capture. This process allows us to lock in the Weathervane’s natural sweet flavor and delicate texture for scallop connoisseurs to enjoy around the world, from the remote pristine icy waters of Alaska.
We do not adulterate the Weathervane scallop by soaking it in water or chemicals, as is done to so many other varieties of scallops worldwide. Nor do we allow our buyers to make such adulterations to the Weathervane Scallop.
Our fishery is managed by Alaska Department of Fish and Game with oversight from the National Marine Fisheries Service. As in all Alaskan fisheries, management must meet the sustainability guidelines of both the Alaska State constitution and the U.S. Congress’ Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. All off-shore scallop vessels in Alaska are required to carry third party observers to ensure accurate counts and data are given to fishery managers.
Our frozen-at-sea Alaska Weathervane Scallops are prized in five-star restaurants and markets not only in Alaska and the Northwestern USA but around the world.