AlaSkins is owned by Sara Erickson, who was born in Newhalen, Alaska – a Yupik village that lies on the north shore of Lake Iliamna, and raise on the Kenai Peninsula. Sara is a 3rd generation Alaskan who grew up commercial fishing with her family in Bristol Bay and on the Cook Inlet. She fell in love with Alaska's beauty at an early age and is passionate about the health benefits of wild Alaskan seafood, protecting Alaska's marine life, and keeping our oceans pristine & free from toxic contaminants that enter coastal areas and oceans. Sara’s passion drove her to make a documentary called A Fishy Tale, (available to view here https://youtu.be/V6Sp7toUOoY
) that discusses the dangers of open net fish farming and its potential threat to Alaska’s wild salmon fisheries.
Even as a young girl, Sara’s father spoke of the nutritional value of the fish skins being thrown away by the commercial fish processing plants. This planted the idea in Sara to take those nutritious skins and someday make a premium pet treat. That idea came to full fruition with her company AlaSkins, which manufactures and sells premium dog treats using those skins, at her production plant in Kenai, Alaska.
AlaSkins are made of 100% wild Alaskan fish skins - salmon, halibut, and cod. Nothing else is added to these crunchy and healthy dog treats - just naturally filled with vitamins, packed with protein, and fish oils! The fish skins come from Alaskan commercial fisherman’s catch who are sustainably harvesting wild Alaskan seafood.
Besides AlaSkins salmon, cod, and halibut dog treats, AlaSkins has now expanded their line to add cbd treats as well as canned halibut for dogs & cats.
Exploring new ways to eliminate waste by turning what was once considered fish waste into a valuable resource is Sara’s continued vision and mission of AlaSkins.