Most Cod fishing done today is done using drag nets. Drag nets are aptly named as they drag the bottom of the ocean, scooping up cod as well as a host of other non-target species. Drag net fishing not only bruises the fish from the weight of all the fish in the net but it also greatly disturbs the ocean floor and it also kills a lot of other fish in the process.
As you'd expect, Northstar has much higher standards than that... one that not only preserves and protects the ocean and other fish but also preserves the eating quality of the cod that are caught. Kwee-Jack uses a method called Long Lining. Long Lining is simple a series of hooks on a fishing line that are baited for cod, cast out, and reeled in. Once caught, the fish are taken to the processing boat where they're cleaned, packaged, and frozen within 12 hours of the catch. Long Lining isn't a good way to catch a lot of fish but it's the only way to catch these fish responsibly.
Alaska is an incredible place and we want to preserve it's bounties for generations to come.