The Spring Salmon Story


Years ago, a life-long passionate fisherman became aware that native salmon populations worldwide were declining. He asked himself a sobering, critical question: “What can I do to protect this majestic beast, its threatened habitat and the critical role that they play in the world ecosystem?”. Perplexed by the magnitude of the issue, he called his friend, a 4th generation, conservation minded rancher and asked the same question. Their interaction sparked a conversation that evolved into a mandate for action.

Together they embarked on a several-year journey exploring the ecosystem of wild salmon, the demands that are placed on that ecosystem and the global demand for salmon as a center of the plate food option. What they found (not surprisingly) is a global economy and a worldwide human population growing like never before and in turn creating an unsustainable demand for one of nature's greatest resources.


Taking these truths to heart, they decided to pursue a model of raising salmon, domesticated from wild stock, on land in fresh water systems that, when done correctly, would provide the healthiest, highest quality, lowest impact salmon to the world. In this method they saw a way to make a sustainable food source that would be good on many levels. Good for humans, good for the environment and good for wild salmon.

Today, Spring Salmon has four companies: Riverence, Evaqua Farms, Landwater Provisions, and Origin Agtech. Riverence has grown into a position with great capability, capacity, and desire to make an impact. We take strains of wild salmon and trout, domesticated over 30 years ago and raise their offspring in efficient and sustainable conditions. We’re dedicated to raising domesticated salmon and trout in a way that produces the highest quality fish with the least amount of resources – without adverse impact on wild salmon. Land-based systems are the solution. Using time-tested techniques, current technology, and forward-thinking resource efficiencies, we produce some of the finest and highest pedigreed strains in the world.

Evaqua Farms is one of the largest trout growers and processors in the Americas, producing approximately ten million pounds a year. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality, hand-raised, healthy trout products in the market. Our high standard is healthy fish and world-class taste, and we achieve our goals by managing every detail from egg to plate. Evaqua Farms produces a full range of fresh and frozen trout products, with an unsurpassed standard of American quality.

Landwater Provisions is a farm-forward distributor of gourmet, sustainable, and ethically-produced foods. The company exists to provide farmers with a truly transparent and beneficial way to reach consumers with their full product value and story, and provides consumers with direct, no-fluff access to producers.

Origin Agtech creates progressive hardware, software, and engineering solutions for the agriculture industry. Our focus is on creating efficiencies, increasing the quality and value of products, and equipping farms with leading edge technologies for data capture and comprehensive food traceability.

We believe that the ever increasing human population needs a safe protein – one that uses resources efficiently and preserves the natural world. By raising domesticated strains from wild salmon and steelhead trout brood lines, we are growing a fish that provides the “Best Choice” alternative to a wild salmon – an alternative to heavy human uses and the wild salmon stocks that they impact.

If you'd like to speak with us about potential partnerships or opportunities to help us achieve our goals, please don't hesitate to get in touch.