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Jan 29, 2010 02:19 PM

Good fishmonger in Richmond, BC?

I buy fish off the boats in Steveston in the summertime, but don't know a good place to buy fish in Richmond in the winter -- I'm trying to avoid the supermarkets (Safeway, etc.) for various reasons (freshness being one of them) and I'd like to buy from people who know where the fish is from and/or care about sustainability (no farmed fish!). Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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  1. The closest I can think of are Finest @ Sea on Arbutus in Vancouver or Superior Fish Market in Ladner.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      Thanks, Sam. Will check those out.

    2. I know you said that you try to avoid supermarkets like Safeway. Would you consider T&T? They have the fish fresh in tanks. We like the T&T in President Plaza because they have the biggest selection.

      As for the boats off Steveston, I always had a nagging feeling that they aren't any fresher than you can get from the supermarkets. I heard that they are just people renting boats and sell the fishes directly from the boats like they just came back from the sea. I don't know this for a fact but sometimes I do see out of season fishes being sold on the boats.

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      1. re: chowtimes

        "I heard that they are just people renting boats and sell the fishes directly from the boats like they just came back from the sea. I don't know this for a fact but sometimes I do see out of season fishes being sold on the boats."

        That is nonsense.

        1. re: Sam Salmon

          I apologize if I had offended you because your curt response does look like you are very annoyed. Why did you say it is nonsense Sam Salmon? I am just trying to understand here.

          Like I said, I only heard about it from my friends and also I do see off season fishes and very frozen fishes (although they do call it is "frozen at sea" when I asked them) sold at the docks myself.

          I stand corrected if you could just help me understand better.

          1. re: chowtimes

            do youknow how much i costs to rent a boat?there would be no profit in that venture.and frozen at sea fish is very common.properly done its fresher then none frozen.

            1. re: howlin


              The people who own/work those boats work long hard dreary hours/make very little so it's distressing to see someone slagging them on the net-baseless speculation is very damaging.

              I'd be interested to hear what 'out-of-season' product was For Sale.

              How could it be 'out-of-season' when it was Frozen at Sea?

              Note that the Steveston Harbour Authority knows exactly who's selling what every day-that's why the idea that someone is using a rented boat as a front to move 'illicit product' is ludicrous-and as mentioned the simple cost of running such a craft is enormous.


              1. re: Sam Salmon

                Thanks Sam Salmon. It seems like I was misinformed and had personally assumed wrongly -- based on your response above. Re: "out of season" ... I recall once that we found salmon sold on the docks that was way outside the catch season (can't recall the exact time because it was years ago). That was why I recalled asking them how come they have it on sale and was told that it was "frozen at sea".

                Thanks also for the link. I am reproducing the relevant texts here from the link above for everyone's info:

                Steveston’s Public Fish Sales Float

                The sale of fish and seafood products direct from the fishing vessels originated unofficially from “C Float” at the Gulf of Georgia site in the 1970s. This float was not designed to accommodate access by the general public, resulting in concern over public safety as well as product quality.

                The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Small Craft Harbours Branch formed a committee comprised of health officials and fishermen to create operational guidelines governing product quality, regulating authorities, qualifications for use of facilities and conditions governing fish sales. The current Fish Sales Float Directive can be found here.

                During this time, negotiation was underway, supported by the Honourable Tom Siddon, to redevelop the harbour. A Public Fish Sales Float was installed by Small Craft Harbours in 1989, at the same time as the Steveston Waterfront Properties area was constructed. The new float was built to meet all public safety concerns and to accommodate the general public. This initiative complimented the development of Steveston Landing and helped to draw people to the waterfront.

                Today, the Sales Float is carefully regulated to ensure that members of the general public receive top quality product. Vessels using the facility may only sell species which they are licensed to harvest by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In addition, they must hold a Provincial Fish Vendor License obtained through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and a license from the Steveston Harbour Authority which ensures that they are fully aware of all regulations, guidelines and standards for freshness.

                Only fresh or flash frozen at sea varieties of fish, crab, shrimp and prawns are available at the float. You will not find processed, smoked or dried fish nor will you find other species such as oysters, clams, mussels and other bivalve mollusks as they are prohibited from being sold on the Fish Sales Float.

                Members of the public are encouraged to visit the Public Fish Sales Float. Nowhere else can you obtain truly "fresh" seafood, meet the fishermen and their families and see the vessel and gear responsible for harvesting such fine products.

                1. re: chowtimes

                  Thanks for reporting that info Ben.