Raincoast Trading has been providing sustainably caught seafood since 1978. Based in Vancouver, on Canada’s Pacific Coast, the company is proud to offer the consumer the best quality, sustainably harvested gourmet packaged seafood.
Raincoast Trading adheres to the highest sustainability standards when catching processing and packaging its seafood. Raincoast has gone the extra distance in their commitment not to contribute to harmful farming practices, and thus harvests only wild seafood using environmentally sound fishing practices. It is part of their ongoing commitment to deliver to the customer seafood which is low in fat and cholesterol, as well as being one of the most naturally beneficial food sources in the world.
The founder of Raincoast Trading comes by his concern for the future of fish and their habitat legitimately. Mike Wick’s family has been in the fishing business for four generations and he learned very young to embrace environmental stewardship and responsibility.
All Raincoast seafood is caught in the Pacific Northwest. As passionate as Raincoast is about bringing the highest quality, healthiest seafood to their customers, they are equally as passionate about the health of our oceans. All Raincoast seafood is:
- Processed in Canada
- Wild caught
- Hook & Line method to catch their tuna
- No longlines used
- No bycatch, no habitat damage
- 100% traceability from boat to can
- No additives or preservatives are used during the canning process
- Sea salt is used in place of iodized salts
- No salt varieties available
- No oil or water added; their products are canned in their own natural oils
- Tuna is mercury tested
- Cans are 100% BPA free
- Recommended as an OceanWise™ choice
Why Wild Salmon?
There are a number of troubling issues with farmed salmon:
- Waste from most salmon farms is released directly into the oceans
- Parasites and diseases from farmed salmon can spread to wild fish swimming near the farms
- Salmon farmers use pesticides and antibiotics to control outbreaks of disease among the fish. When
consumers eat the fish, the residues may affect their health or interfere with medications they are taking.
- It takes three pounds of wild fish to grow one pound of farmed salmon. As a result, farming salmon actually
uses more fish then it produces, which puts more pressure on wild populations.
- All Raincoast Trading seafood is wild caught. When farmed salmon escape from ocean pens, they threaten wild salmon
and other fish by competing with them for food and spawning grounds.
Sustainable seafood can be defined as species that are caught or farmed in a way that ensures the long-term health and stability of that species, as well as the greater marine ecosystem.
The worlds marine life is quickly being depleted. An estimated 90% of all large, predatory fish are already gone from the worlds oceans. A recent scientific study predicted a world-wide fisheries collapse by 2048. The only solution is to turn back from the brink, and to begin consuming seafood in a sustainable manner. Choosing sustainable seafood is a simple and effective action that you can take every time you eat at a restaurant or buy seafood.
The criteria that must be met for an Ocean Wise choice is:
- Abundant and resilient to fishing pressures
- Well managed with a comprehensive management plan based on current research
- Harvested in a method that ensures limited bycatch of non-targeted and endangered species
- Harvested in ways that limit damage to marine or aquatic habitats and negative interactions with other species
Raincoast Trading’s Traceability
Where does the fish in Raincoast cans come from and how is the information documented? As part of their ongoing commitment to quality and sustainability, Raincoast have designed a system to track the fish from can to boat. Production codes on the bottom of Raincoast cans are designed to give an expiry date, where they also use them to trace the origin of the fish. With this code they are able to identify the vessel, captain, name, vessel flag, harvest method, area of capture and trip dates. This information is critical in substantiating a sustainability claim. Raincoast is able (and does) give this information to Ocean Conservation groups as part of an auditing system they perform. This provides them the tools they need to declare Raincoast Trading a great sustainable seafood choice!