As the calendar turns to February, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council is thinking about the three Cs. In a seafood-centric place like Alaska, the three Cs are crab, coho and cod.

AMCC is kicking off its Catch of the Season program with a pop-up market at the council’s Anchorage office, 106 F St. It is selling the three Cs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and Feb. 9-10. The sales are first come, first served.

“We decided to kick-off our year with a pop-up market so new and returning customers would have an opportunity to meet our Anchorage-based team,” said Jen Leahy, AMCC communications and engagement manager. “Our customers support Catch of the Season primarily for two reasons: they’re excited about the incredible quality of the seafood and they want to feel more connected to the people behind the product.

“This is also a great time of year for us to help Alaskans top off their freezers with local seafood. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we figured folks might be interested in special treats like Norton Sound red king crab legs or the Taku River coho fillets, which get their clean, pure flavor from a technique called pressure bleeding. We decided to round out this offering with our jig-caught Pacific cod, which is extremely versatile and a great value. For those of us who have concerns about factory-farmed meat, wild cod is a great alternative to chicken. It’s my go-to protein for weeknight meals.”

The Norton Sound red king crab is $250 for a 10-pound box; the Kodiak Jig Seafoods Pacific cod fillets come in 3- to 4-pound packages for $7 per pound; and the Taku River coho fillets come in 2- to 4-pound packages for $11 per pound. The coho packages include a single fillet.

“There are some logistical constraints to doing a seafood offering during the winter, which is why this initial offering is limited to Anchorage,” Leahy said. “Rather than pre-ordering seafood in larger share sizes — that’s the standard model for community supported fisheries — our pop-up market allows us to offer more options to our customers. So instead of purchasing 20 pounds of cod, they might opt to buy two packs of cod fillets and try a of coho fillet. Or maybe they just want one box of king crab legs.

“It’s a nice way for Anchorage customers to try something new, feel more connected to their food, and learn more about AMCC and our work to keep Alaska’s fisheries healthy.”

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