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Here in the Northwest, fishing has been a way of life for thousands of years—and we’d like to help ensure that our rivers and oceans remain viable for many years to come. That’s why we’re committed to sustainable seafood sourcing, with three key tenets guiding our practices.

We carry sustainable seafood.

Drawing on the guidelines established by monterey Bay aquarium and Blue Ocean Institute, we sell seafood designated as Green Label (best choices) or Yellow Label (good alternatives). You’ll never see Red Label (non-sustainable) seafood in our cases.

We buy directly and locally whenever possible.

Knowing our partners by their first names not only helps to ensure we have the freshest seafood available, it also helps independent fishermen stay solvent by making sure they receive a fair price for their hard work.

We pass our knowledge on to you.

We make sure that our staff are well-informed when it comes to the sources and harvesting practices used by our fishermen.

Rose Fisheries

Sitka, Alaska

Sustainably harvested, high quality salmon and halibut from the cold, clean waters of Alaska? Yes, please. That’s how Rose Fisheries operates – and why we’re proud to call them a partner. All their fish is harvested individually, with a hook and line. Once caught, fish are meticulously cleaned and flash-frozen right on the boat—so when it’s thawed, the quality is much like that of a fish just minutes out of the water. Plus, it’s family—and women—owned. What more could you want from a fishery?

Ocean Beauty Seafood

Portland, OR

In 1910, the Portland Fish Company opened for business on the downtown waterfront. Fast-forward 100 years, and they’re thriving as Ocean Beauty Seafood—known internationally for making big waves with their sustainable distribution practices. For Ocean Beauty, sustainability is the heart of their business: 50% of the company is owned by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC)—a non-profit that promotes community development in sixty-five Bering Sea villages. Their work alleviates poverty in Alaskan fisheries through innovative job training and fisheries-based economies. We know that sourcing from Ocean Beauty means high-quality, sustainable fish—from sea to store.

Learn more about Ocean Beauty Seafood.

Community Supported Fishery

Garibaldi, OR

Relationships are what make our stores different—relationships with our customers, our farmers and our fishermen. Community Supported Fishery in Garibaldi, Oregon, feels the same way: they’ve created a model to help small-boat fishermen sell directly to the households, restaurants and grocery stores that value their sustainable practices and beautiful line-caught fish. This means CSF can maintain their products’ chain of custody right to our door, and that we can be sure that their hardworking fishermen are receiving fair compensation. And since their fresh, tender albacore is now in season, we’ve created a recipe specifically to honor the new catch.

Download the Recipe.

Bristol Bay Salmon

Bristol Bay, Alaska

Bristol Bay Salmon comes from the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea—home to nearly one-third of the world's salmon population. The waterways of Bristol Bay provide spawning grounds for all species of wild Pacific salmon: king, coho, sockeye, chum and pink. Its watershed provides vital sustenance for the surrounding tribes—and aside from a $2 billion fishing industry, Bristol Bay is also the gateway to Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Now, a foreign company has proposed the largest open pit mine in North America at Bristol Bay. Known as "Pebble Mine," the project would dump billions of tons of salmon-toxic waste rock at the site, threatening the health of the fishery, the livelihood of the fishermen and the supply of salmon for all of us. To find out what you can do to get involved, visit the Facebook page for Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay.

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Northern Exposure

Our seafood buyer makes an Alaskan trek to connect with local fisherman and processors.
“Nothing can really prepare you for Alaska,” said Daisy Berg, our seafood buyer, just back from her most recent field trip. “The waters are so pristine,” she continued, “that you can see to the ocean floor from the cliff tops.” And it wasn’t just the landscape that earned Daisy’s praise. She told us about the small-scale fishermen working the straits of Kodiak Island in two-person boats. She described the immaculate processing site in Alitak where a manager named Woody preaches an almost spiritual respect for the fish. “No one on Woody’s staff would ever pick up a salmon by its tail,” she said, with obvious pride. “It’s such a pleasure to see fishermen and processers who aren’t just in it for a quick return. They really care about quality and sustainability—just like we do.”

Where does your fish come from? Find out here.

Your consumer choices make a difference. Buy seafood from the green or yellow columns to support those fisheries and fish farms that support sustainable practices.


Best Choices

Good Alternatives

Seafood to Avoid


Abalone (Farmed)

Catfish (US Farmed)

Clams (Farmed)

Cod: Pacific
(Trap or Hook)

Crab: Dungeness, Snow
(OR, WA)

Halibut: Pacific

Lobster: Spiny (US)

Mussels (Farmed)

Oysters (Farmed)

Pollock (Wild AK)

Sablefish/Black Cod (OR, AK)

Salmon (Wild AK)

Sardines

Shrimp: Pink (OR)

Spot Prawn (OR, AL)

Striped Bass (Farmed)

Sturgeon Caviar (Farmed)

Tilapia (Farmed)

Trout: Rainbow (Farmed)

Tuna:
Albacore, Bigeye, Yellowfin
(Troll/Pole)

White Seabass

Basa/Tra (Farmed)

Clams (Wild)

Cod: Pacific
(Long-Line or Trawl)

Crab: King (AK),
Snow (US), Imitation Dogfish (BC) *

Lingcod

Lobster: American/Maine

Mahi Mahi, Dolphinfish,
Dorado (US Atlantic)

Oysters (Wild) *

Rockfish
(Hook AK or BC) *

Sablefish/Black Cod
(CA, OR or WA)

Salmon
(Wild CA or WA)

Sanddabs: Pacific

Scallops: Bay, Sea

Shrimp
(US Farmed or Wild)

Sole
(English, Dover, Petrale, Rex)

Spot Prawn (US)

Squid

Sturgeon
(Wild OR or WA)

Swordfish (US) *

Tuna: Albacore, Bigeye,
Yellowfin (Long-Line) *

Tuna: Canned Light

Tuna:
Canned White/Albacore *


Chilean Seabass/Toothfish *

Cod: Atlantic

Crab: King (Imported)

Dogfish (US) *

Grenadier/Pacific Roughy

Lobster: Spiny (Caribbean)

Monkfish

Orange Roughy *

Rockfish (Trawl) *

Salmon
(Farmed including Atlantic) *

Sharks *

Shrimp
(Imported, Farmed or Wild)

Sturgeon,* Caviar
(Imported, Wild)

Swordfish (Imported) *

Tuna: Bluefin *

Limit consumption of these types of seafood due to concerns about mercury or other contaminants.

The seafood recommendations in this guide are credited to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation.


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