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Seafood specialists Fortune Fish Company to distribute Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon to Top Restaurants

(CHICAGO, IL)— Beginning on March 14, 2012, Skuna Bay, Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon will be exclusively offered by local wholesaler Fortune Fish Company to Chicago’s best restaurants and throughout the greater Midwest. Skuna Bay Craft Raised Salmon is reared in the pristine waters off the coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. by a dedicated, passionate team of craftsmen farmers. North America’s only craft raised salmon first launched to acclaim in the Southwest region of the United States last November, and can now be found at more than 90 high-end restaurants in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.

“After our successful beginning in LA and the Southwest where we have developed relationships with the region’s best chefs, we felt it was time to expand into other regions known for demanding quality ingredients and where chefs are famous for giving their customers a great dining experience,” says Managing Director Stewart Hawthorn. “We expect Chicago’s discerning food lovers will appreciate the pride and attention that goes into Skuna Bay salmon as we have seen happen in other markets.”


LOS ANGELES, CA (February 28, 2012) Skuna Bay Vancouver Island Craft Salmon is pleased to announce their new Southwest region Salmon Specialist – Melissa Carrasquillo.

Melissa has substantial experience and passion for quality and sustainable seafood, as evidenced by her most recent position as Program Director for the Seafood for the Future program at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, which named Skuna Bay a partner this past December.

“As I learned more about Skuna Bay Salmon and got to know the craftsmen farmers, I became more impressed with their passion for raising the best salmon possible and commitment to ethically and environmentally sound aquaculture practices. Their goals align with my own so I decided to join the Skuna Bay team,” said Melissa.

“I’m looking forward to working with chefs and other potential partners as they discover the truly amazing texture, delicious flavor and unique methods of ensuring our salmon is delivered fresh from the ocean to chefs to help them create memorable meals for their diners. I believe everyone wants to eat healthy, tasty and sustainable food and Skuna Bay salmon delivers on all counts.”



L.A. Chefs Ian Gresik of Drago Centro, Brandon Boudet of Dominick’s and Little Dom’s, and Micah Wexler of Mezze endorse Skuna Bay

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 1, 2012) Skuna Bay, Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon, North America’s first craft raised farmed salmon, is pleased to welcome Chef Ian Gresik, Chef Brandon Boudet and Chef Micah Wexler as Skuna Bay ambassadors.

“Skuna Bay is so pleased to have the endorsement of some of LA’s top young chefs. These chefs share our goal of delivering to the highest standards and creating a great salmon dining experience for their customers,” stated Stewart Hawthorn, Head Farmer and Managing Director at Skuna Bay. “We identified chefs that we wanted to work with and invited them to see our farms and experience it for themselves. We are pleased that what they saw impressed them and encouraged them to support us.”



Campbell River, BC – The Global Aquaculture Alliance, the leading standards-setting organization for aquaculture seafood, has awarded its Best Aquaculture Practices certification to Vancouver Island craft salmon farmers, Skuna Bay Salmon.

“We are incredibly proud to be the first salmon farm in the world to have multiple farms that have achieved this standard and certification.” said Stewart Hawthorn, Managing Director, Skuna Bay Salmon. “Our craftsmen farmers share the same values as The Global Aquaculture Alliance - to provide healthful salmon using environmentally and socially responsible practices to help meet the growing global demand for sustainable and nutritious food sources.”

The Best Aquaculture Practices standards are developed by a committee of diverse stakeholders including leading progressive environmental and related advocacy organizations.



(British Columbia, CAN – November 18, 2011) – The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future Program has partnered with Skuna Bay Salmon. Seafood for the Future will work to educate and connect Southern California chefs and consumers to this responsibly raised salmon. 
 “Skuna Bay is delighted to be joining the Aquarium of the Pacific’s ‘Seafood for the Future’ program and formally announce our partnership.  Our mission, like Seafood for the Future, is to ensure our growing population can be fed responsibly. We believe our craft farming methods support that and our farmers want to ensure that the same high standards in which our fish are raised are maintained in the partnerships we form. We can never be satisfied with our farming practices. We look forward to engaging with Seafood for the Future and seeking their guidance as we look to get even better at what we do,” said Stewart Hawthorn, Farmer, Skuna Bay.