Gindara Sablefish produces its fish in partnership with the Kyuquot-Checleseht First Nations in Kyuquot Sound on the north west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
“The process for a Seafood Watch rating is thorough and includes a detailed analysis of all
“We have always prioritised our ocean ecos
460 tonnes in 2019
Gindara Sablefish says it is the only company globally that raises sablefish (black cod) from egg to harvest.
The company, which has been in operation since 2014, has a maximum stocking density of 10kg/m³ and produced 460 tonnes of fish in 2019. It says it feeds its fish low quantities of wild fish in order to take as little from the ocean as possible. It supplements the marine content of its feed with trimmings from fish used for human consumption, a method also seen in salmon farming.
Gindara doesn’t have a problem with sea lice, and doesn’t use antibiotics. It adds that it is “mindful of cultivating a non-genetically modified, native species to British Columbia”.
“As pioneers of sablefish aquaculture, I am extremely proud of our team at the farm and
“With a Best Choice endorsement, chefs, restaurants, retailers and consumers can be confident that Gindara Sablefish is a sustainable, and delicious source of seafood, with minimal impact on its environment.”
Gindara’s Best Choice rating is one better than net-pen salmon produced in BC, which is classed as a Good Alternative. Salmon grown in Orkney in Scotland, Maine in the United States, the Faroe Islands, Norldland in Norway (Blue Circle Foods), and Chile (Verlasso) are also classed as Good Alternatives.
Only one net-pen Atlantic salmon brand, Nordic Blu, grown in Skjerstad fjord in northern Norway, qualifies for the Best Choice rating.