Wild Ocean Fish Is Redefining Canadian Seafood

By Shivana Maharaj
October 8, 2015


Wild Ocean Fish Fisherman and Product

Concerned with the state of our oceans, former biologist  turned founder of W!ld Ocean fish, Zachary Semeniuk, takes the plunge into truly sustainable Canadian seafood

Frozen versus fresh, what’s the difference? The fish is caught then flash frozen, ensuring impeccable quality of product and retaining the nutrient value.

Why fair trade?  W!LD products are Ocean Wise recommended, obtained from some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world, including Haida Gwaii and Juan de Fuca in B.C.  W!ld Ocean develops relationships with small producers.  The seafood is procured directly from fishermen participating in highly selective, sustainable fisheries, using the most eco-friendly fishing methods such as hook and line and trap.

Why CSL likes it?  We were able to get spot prawns (usually only available at high-end restaurants) in season as well as hard to find fish like lingcod. Each product that CSL tested was pristine and flavourful.

What we made? We tried a variety of preparations (grilled, baked, fried) and the fish was moist, and sweet. Our dishes included spot prawn laksa, halibut in a hazelnut romesco sauce and seared sablefish with polenta.

Find the Best Seafood Choices for Summer According to Ocean Wise

1 Sockeye Salmon
2 Coho Salmon
3 Pacific Halibut
4 Sablefish
5 Albacore Tuna
6 Rock Crab
7 Pink Salmon
8 Chinook Salmon
9 BC Spot Prawn (May to end of June)
10 Swordfish

By the Numbers (*source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2009)

Canada is the 8th largest exporter of seafood products in the world in terms of value

90% of all large, predatory fish are already gone from the world’s oceans

80 000Canadians make their living directly from fishing and fishing related activities

This article first appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.