Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food Shops / Sustainability Jan 17, 2012 Finest At Sea – a sustainable seafood company SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestErie St plant manager Richard McBride holds up a live Dungeness crab. Spot Prawns are available year round – either fresh or frozen. Photo by Deanna Ladret.Next time you find yourself in James Bay and searching for dinner inspiration, why not opt for fresh seafood from Erie Street’s Finest At Sea? Operating off BC’s coast for over thirty years, Finest At Sea’s fishing crew and their 13 boats supply dozens of restaurants and stores across Victoria and Vancouver (and in fact, Japan as well). Sashimi grade albacore tuna, halibut, salmon, lingcod, rockfish, sablefish, scallops, oysters, spot prawns, mussels, and crabs are all harvested sustainably from the wild waters surrounding Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Once the fish are caught, they are immediately frozen at sea below the ship deck to maintain their quality and form. At the end of the trip, they are unloaded at the docks and transported to a Finest At Sea Plant (such as Erie Street) where they are prepared for wholesale shipments, frozen, smoked, or sent up island for canning. First and foremost, Finest At Sea is a sustainable company. They operate strictly within their allowable quotas, adhere to the guidelines for each season, and save absolutely all bycatch that wouldn’t survive being thrown back. In fact, says Plant Manager Richard McBride, many species that are considered ‘bycatch’ such as rockfish and black cod/sablefish used to be discarded – but are newly rediscovered as excellent for eating. In addition to supplying restaurants and grocery stores, Finest At Sea has a small shop around the back of the office at the Erie Street plant, walls decorated with large framed photos of fishing boats loaded with piles of gleaming halibut. Here one can find – even in January – an array of fresh-frozen and smoked fish behind the counter, shellfish, prawns, and a sizeable tank teeming with Sooke Dungeness crab. Summer, of course, yields a more bountiful selection, including the ultimate treat: fresh fish caught that very morning. A few shelves line the store’s opposite corner, stocked with Finest At Sea’s own canned tuna and salmon, an array of salts and spice blends and other local gourmet products. The TV mounted above the office doors displays videos taken from their fishing boats – as close as you can get to tracing your food’s source without actually catching the fish yourself! WebsiteJames Bay, VictoriaFinest At Sea27 Erie Street,Victoria, BC. Canada.Phone: 250-383-7760 VancouverFinest At Sea Seafood Boutique & Bistro4675 Arbutus StreetVancouver, B.C., Canada.Phone: 604-266-1904 1805 Mast Tower Road, Granville IslandVancouver, B.C., Canada.Phone: 604-684-4114 EdiblesseafoodSustainabilityVancouver Victoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Comments are closed.