At Fisherman’s Market, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality, sustainably caught seafood. During this year’s BC Commercial Fishing Week (BCCFW), we want to take the opportunity to highlight one of our delicious and sustainably caught species: lingcod.
Lingcod is a species found in the Pacific Ocean and is often caught using troll and longline fishing. These methods are sustainable because they allow for selective harvesting and have low bycatch rates. This means that only the desired size and species of fish are caught, minimizing the impact on the ecosystem and other marine life.
Lingcod is a large, meaty fish with a firm texture and a mild, slightly sweet flavour. It is often prepared in similar ways as halibut, like grilling, baking, or pan-frying.
Lingcod is a large, meaty fish with a firm texture and a mild, slightly sweet flavour. It is often prepared in similar ways as halibut, like grilling, baking, or pan-frying. It is also a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, making it a healthy and delicious choice for everyone.
British Columbia is home to some of the most well-managed lingcod fisheries in the world, and we are proud to source our lingcod from local, sustainable fisheries. The lingcod populations are healthy and well-managed by regional fishery management organizations, ensuring that the fish are caught in a responsible manner.
At Fisherman’s Market, we believe that sustainability is not only an environmental responsibility, but also an economic and social one. It is our duty to ensure that the seafood we provide to our customers is not only delicious and high quality, but also responsibly and sustainably sourced. We hope that our customers will join us in celebrating BCCFW and learning more about the importance of sustainable fishing in British Columbia.
We invite you to try some of our delicious lingcod during BCCFW, and experience the taste of sustainably caught seafood. If you have any questions about our sustainable fishing practices or the lingcod we offer, please do not hesitate to ask us.
Lingcod: A history of sustainable fishing in BC
Lingcod, also known as Ophiodon elongatus, is a popular species found in the Pacific Ocean and is a staple in the British Columbia seafood industry. The lingcod fishery in British Columbia has a long history of sustainable practices, dating back to the early 20th century.
Historically, longlining was the primary method of catching lingcod in British Columbia. Longlining is a sustainable fishing method as it allows for selective harvesting, and it has minimal impact on the seafloor. Longlines are baited hooks set in specific areas to target lingcod. The hooks are designed to allow undersized and non-target species to escape, minimizing bycatch.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the British Columbia government began implementing regulations to ensure the sustainable management of the lingcod fishery. This included measures such as size limits and quotas to prevent overfishing, as well as the use of specific gear types to minimize bycatch.
In recent years, the British Columbia lingcod fishery has been recognized for its sustainable practices. Organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have certified the fishery as sustainable, based on strict environmental and management criteria. At Fisherman’s Market, we are proud to source our lingcod from local, sustainable fisheries that have been certified by the MSC. We encourage our customers to support sustainable fishing by choosing lingcod from British Columbia.