PORTLAND, Ore. – Consistent with their ongoing social responsibility platform, On Board Doing Good Together, Pacific Seafood Group has been leading with sustainability as their primary focus in support of their recently launched brand of products, Pacific Sustainable Seafood™.

The family owned seafood company based in Portland, Ore., was pleased to learn recently that The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has given Steelhead Trout a BEST CHOICE recommendation.  The program’s recommendations help consumers choose seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that have less impact on the environment and helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. 

You can see the Green BEST CHOICE rating here: http://www.seafoodwatch.org/s#/seafood-recommendations/detail/64/trout-rainbow-net-pens-ponds-raceways-us-oncorhynchus-mykiss

Pacific Seafood’s Pacific Aquaculture Steelhead Farm on the Columbia River in Washington State earned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) in 2013. This was the first Salmon/Steelhead farm to be BAP certified in the U.S.  This certification defines the most important elements of responsible aquaculture and provides quantitative guidelines by which to evaluate adherence to those practices.

“Monterey Bay’s Steelhead Trout recommendation for BEST CHOICE  along with our farm’s BAP certification, demonstrates that we are living out our company vision of “providing the healthiest protein on the planet while promoting sustainable practices,” said Company CEO and owner, Frank Dulcich upon hearing the news of the GREEN rating.

Pacific Seafood purchased the Steelhead Farm, located on the Columbia River in Nespelem, WA on the Colville Nation, in 2008. Many members of the Native American Colville tribe of the Pacific Northwest are employed by the farm.  Over the years the two groups have developed a strong working relationship and together they have produced quality Steelhead Trout for the consumer.

Steelhead (trout),  Oncorhynchus mykiss, is indigenous to the Columbia River and characterized by its red flesh from natural pigments, rich flavor and extremely high content of Omega 3 oils. Pacific’s Columbia River Steelhead is the “BEST CHOICE”.  

About Pacific Seafood

Pacific Seafood launched in 1941 as a small, fresh seafood retail operation in Portland, Oregon. Over the years, the family-owned business expanded to become a vertically integrated seafood processing and distributing company to meet customers’ needs and a growing market. Pacific Seafood produces seafood products from Alaska to Mexico, has facilities in seven Western states and participates in the global seafood trade market. It is a member of the West Coast Seafood Processors Association and is active in promoting a healthy and sustainable seafood industry by supporting fisheries awarded Marine Stewardship Council eco-labels. Pacific Seafood is under the leadership of Frank Dulcich, the founder’s namesake and grandson. Visit Pacific Seafood’s websiteFacebook or Twitterto learn more.