We have been doing our research, talking to many fish mongers/suppliers and sampling various types of fish. We are happy to say that we are now ready to offer fish that you can purchase with your regular order. Scroll down this article for info on how we determine which fish to offer.
Here are the fish that we have this month!
Wild Pacific Sablefish aka Black Cod – NEW this month!! (Jun2016). Ocean Wise certified for sustainability and wild caught. This fish has a smooth velvety texture with large yet delicate flakes. It has a rich, satiny sweet buttery taste. Rich in Omega-3s.
Wild Atlantic Haddock – NEW this month!! (Jun2016). Ocean Wise and MSC-C-51042 certified for sustainability. This haddock is a mild slightly sweet tasting white fish. It is lean with a medium texture.
Wild BC Sockeye Salmon – Ocean Wise and Marine stewardship Council (MSC) certified for sustainability. This Sockeye salmon has is a red/orange colour, is richly textured and highly flavourful. It is rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. The firm texture of this salmon lends itself well to grilling on the BBQ. It is also delicious baked, broiled, steamed etc…Wild Pacific Halibut – Ocean Wise certified for sustainability and wild caught in the Bering Strait. This skinless premium whitefish is a naturally lean and light fish with a sweet, delicate flavor with an added firm texture with a pure, snow white flesh. Maintains its firm texture and shape whether it is baked, broiled, grilled, poached or steamed.
Arctic Char – Ocean Wise certified and sustainably farmed. Arctic Char has a pale orange/pink colour, a firm texture and a flavour that strikes a balance of the mildly sweet freshwater taste of trout with the more robust taste of salmon. With a good fat content, Arctic Char is suitable for dry heat cooking such as grilling on the BBQ or under the broiler.
All fish products will arrive flash frozen and vacuum packed, in 4oz or 6oz portions.
So… how do we decide which fish to choose?
We use 3 key criteria to help us decide what to offer:
What is sustainable seafood?
It’s seafood that’s managed and fished in ways that support healthy fish populations and healthy ocean/lake environments so that seafood can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Here are two key issues considered:
- Overfishing: When too many fish are being caught and populations aren’t able to replenish themselves.
- Environmental impact: When the way a fish is caught (wild) or managed (farmed) has negative impact on marine plants, animals, the environment or other fish.
Healthfulness of the fish.
Key considerations to determine what fish are healthiest are the positive and negative attributes of the fish itself:
- Positive attributes: Levels of healthy Omega3 fats, vitamins, minerals etc.
- Negative attributes: Presence of mercury and other toxins in the fish
Deliciousness – As with all the products we choose – they have to taste great too!
Several organizations such as Ocean Wise, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), SeaChoice and others monitor and recommend types of fish and fisheries. Our choices have been guided by the recommendations of these organizations.
We found that beef, pork, lamb and poultry products that are properly raised without the use of antibiotics and growth promoting hormones grow at a slower (more natural) rate. This natural growth rate along with proper access to pastures, real daylight, etc. result in the best tasting meats. This is the same in the fish industry – the fish that grow in an sustainable environment and have the best health attributes end up having proper textures and the best taste.
More info please….
If you are interested in finding out more about which seafood rates the best on a sustainability and health level we found these websites reputable, easy to understand and very helpful: