Wild Canadian Waters
At Pack Road Country Meats, we only work with fisheries that comply with sustainable fishing methods and are Ocean Wise Certified. Being Ocean Wise certified ensures long term health and stability of each species as well as the greater marine ecosystem. This certification also protects the consumer from mislabelling of species and origin, so you know exactly what you’re getting and where it’s coming from.
One of our favourite fisheries is an award-winning BC fishery owned and run by local fishermen who fish in the same North Pacific waters as generations before them. A few years ago they began selling directly to chefs and are now one of the top suppliers of west coast fish and seafood to celebrity chefs across Canada and USA. They are a leader in sustainable fishing methods and this past summer David Suzuki requested to ride along on one of their fishing vessels during Vancouver's famous Spot Prawn season. Organic Freezer is one of three companies across Canada that can sell their products directly to the public.
The fisheries we work with either flash-freeze the fish directly on the fishing boats (the only acceptable method for sashimi grade fish) or immediately place shellfish in computer controlled aqua-tanks that are built to simulate the ocean environment which means they are alive when they arrive at the plant for processing (very important for optimal flavour and freshness). All seafood products are individually packaged and flown direct from BC to Organic Freezer by overnight air.
All fisheries and processing plants meet the standards set by provincial and federal inspection agencies. The fish are tested regularly using standardized testing methods and mercury levels are well below the acceptable levels as outlined by regulatory food and safety boards. This is because the albacore tuna (the only fish for which mercury is an issue) are harvested as younger three and four-year-old fish which translates to the lowest risk of contamination.