Fresh and Local is Hot!

Top 5 Canadian-grown Seafood Products

Fresh and local are hot, hot trends in food and reflect the way many Canadians shop and cook.

To help in your discovery of seafood produced by local growers, here’s a list of the top 5 seafood products farmed in Canada based on volume.

Available fresh, year-round, pick one for your next meal and feel good knowing it was produced in pristine Canadian waters, to high standards and by passionate Canadian farmers.

No. 5 – Clams

Eat them steamed, baked, deep fried or in a chowder. The Manila clam is the primary clam species farmed in Canada. Others include: softshell clams, hard clams or quahaugs, savory or varnish clams and geoducks. Most are grown in British Columbia but Nova Scotians can also find them local.

No. 4 – Oysters

Shucks! Canada produced nearly 11 tonnes of oysters in 2010. Experiment with different varieties – Pacific, Eastern and Malpeque oysters are the primary sorts farmed in Canada. Find them local in British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

No. 3 – Trout

Canadian farmed trout has a mild, nut-like flavour, delicate taste and silky texture. Even better – it’s naturally low in sodium and calories and is an excellent source of complete protein and omega-3 fatty acids. While 60% of Canadian trout is produced in Ontario, it’s also farmed in the freshwaters of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and British Columbia.

No. 2 – Mussels

Flex your mussels Canada! These versatile morsels are the most produced shellfish in Canada. We produced over 24,000 tonnes in 2010 – and can credit Prince Edward Island farmers for most of that – 77 per cent of Canadian mussels are grown there. Cultured mussels, besides being an excellent source of protein, have more iron and Vitamin B12 than beef. In addition to PEI, look for them local in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and in British Columbia.

No. 1 – Salmon

The heavy-hitter and the number one farmed seafood product in Canada…Salmon. In fact, Canada is the fourth largest salmon producing country in the world. This seafood superstar is rich, flavourful and healthy. You can find salmon farmers on both Canadian coasts where 70 percent is produced in British Columbia and the rest is produced in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Canadian farmed salmon can be harvested, processed and shipped within 24 to 48 hours – so it’s always fresh when it arrives at the seafood counter.

You don’t have to stop with this shopping list. With more than a dozen varieties of seafood farmed in every province and in Yukon Territory there’s no limit to the variety of fresh and local seafood to explore.

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4 Responses to Fresh and Local is Hot!

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  2. Eric Boucher says:

    Hello Sheri,

    For no. 3, some provinces were forgotten …

    Actually, there is a significant production of rainbow trout in Saskatchewan (Wild West Steelhead).

    The provinces of Manitoba and Alberta have also, on a smaller scale, a production of rainbow trout for the table.

    We can also find rainbow trout (“steelhead”) farms in Newfoundland but they can be found in saltwater.

    We can definitely find rainbow trout locally pretty much everywhere in Canada!

    Eric Boucher, IPSFAD Coordinator

    • Hello Eric,

      Thank you for sending this information!

      The Aquaculture Statistics 2010 report from Statistics Canada was my key resource in preparing this post and unfortunately data on trout production was limited for some provinces.

      It’s great to know that we can find locally-farmed trout across Canada.

      Sheri Beaulieu

      • Gal says:

        And that is it. Consumers deserve to know the facts about the food they cosohe to eat but not everyone has the energy or time to actually seek out facts.I’m glad to see chefs taking a lead role in getting on the ground and educating themselves about farmed seafood. They are a trusted source of information and do have a responsibility to really understand the business (both benefit and risk, with some context to other foods).As a salmon farmer in BC, I feel quite sure that if everyone had the opportunity to visit a salmon farm and talk to a farmer, they would feel very very confident ordering Canadian farmed salmon. Nice to see guys like Kenton have done so and agree with me!

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