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Highliner frozen wild salmon fillets [moved from Ontario]

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So maybe I'm crazy, but I bought some frozen salmon fillets - Highliner brand - full sides, wild Keta salmon. Small print says "product of China". Can anyone explain this to me? They have salmon in China? Or do they just process it in China? And, even so, is this a responsible fish product or not? I am trying to be careful of what I buy - plus my biologist son gave me a lecture at dinner the other night. He's right, of course.

Posted on Ontario board because it's a Canadian product.

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  1. Interesting post....I had assumed that this meant the salmon was caught by a fishing boat flagged from China...Fishing boats can often be a processing plant at sea...catching, cleaning and packaging fillets before they redock. Otherwise it might be salmon caught within the territorial fishing waters claimed by China. Hopefully someone knows the answer to this one.

    1. I'm guessing Chinese-processed. How many clicks on those poor salmons' odometers? Found some frozen haddock "loins" at Longo's that actually appeared to be Canadian, unlike almost everything "fresh" they sold. Recently rummaged through all my local Costco's frozen fish/shellfish and all appeared to be Chinese- or Vietnamese-processed.

      1. I think you are safer to assume that non of the highlander stuff is "responsible" fish. I recall seeing a special on those fish sticks (I think CBC)... gave me nightmares ...I am sure their less processed stuff is a bit better.... but.. still..

        1. Highliner has closed most east coast processing.China is cheaper, but the fish has to be shipped there, thawed, processed, re-frozen and sent back to our shores.

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          1. re: jayt90

            Are we not talking about a Pacific Salmon....do you mean west coast processing plants? So processing equals "product of"???

            1. re: T Long

              Thanks for the link, ipse, it explains a lot. And it shows that Highliner has a public relations problem, having closed plants, and maintaining just a few ships in the Atlantic.
              It appears as if they buy a lot of frozen fish on the open market.

              1. re: jayt90

                Thx....good to know.

          2. Get the scoop from Highliner itself.

            http://www.highliner.com/beta/eng/art...

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              What an awesome page. Thanks for sharing.

            2. Nyleve, here's a prior thread with same basic question...how ridiculous to catch it in American waters and ship to China only to ship it back again (but there are probably a myriad of other products like this)....but as to the quality of the fish...seems it would still be good if wild-caught.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/562540

              1. Check the eyes.

                1. Thanks for all the replies. I found the web page from Highliner especially interesting. Seems they really do have a bit of a PR problem on their hands. Personally, I won't purchase the product again for a couple of reasons. First, it really wasn't very good. I realize it was keta salmon, so not as flavourful as sockeye, but the flesh itself was a bit flabby and didn't have any of the qualities I want to see in wild salmon at whatever price. And second, I am suspicious of the process and the logic of sending fish to China, partially thawing it so it can be filleted, and then re-freezing it.

                  I'm old enough to remember when it was really special to get salmon that wasn't in a can. It was delicious and expensive and a treat. I think maybe that was the way it has to be - the past ten years or so have been an aberration.