Larry Hillis


Larry is a second-generation commercial fisherman based out of Steveston. Born into a fishing family, Larry and his brothers continue to run the family business. As their children grow older, they too are becoming involved with the boat and learning the life of a fisherman.
BOAT The Haste
GEAR Bottom Trawl
SPECIES Lingcod, Sole, Rockfish, Pcod
AREA Queen Charlotte Sound

Mica Verbrugge


Mica is a former commercial fisher who's been self-employed his whole life. Born and raised in Port Alberni, he started his career at the age of 7, planting, germinating and caring for flowers. 20 years (and over 50 jobs in 3 countries) later, he ventured into the tuna/prawn industry before transitioning into shellfish.
GEAR Tray Harvest
SPECIES West Coast Oysters
AREA Barkley Sound

Francis Van der Sande


Along with his wife Julia, Francis is the owner and operator of Ta-Nika, a family-run vessel. Francis became co-owner and the skipper of Ta-Nika in 2012, with Julia joining a few years after. Francis specializes in frozen-at-sea products that are as fresh as the moment it left the sea.
BOAT Ta-Nika
GEAR Hook and Line
SPECIES Salmon, Tuna, Rockfish
AREA Haida Gwaii

Joel Collier


Since 2014, Joel Collier has been fishing full-time as captain on the FV Lisa Jess. Coming from a long line of fishermen, Joel has been fishing part time since 1992. His swimming scallops are caught live and wild in the Johnstone Strait.
BOAT Lisa Jess
GEAR Butterfly Trawl
SPECIES Pink Scallops
AREA Johnstone Strait

Stewart McDonald


Stewart is a third-generation commercial fisherman based out of Vancouver, B.C. He primarily fishes for crab, spot prawns and salmon. Stewart fishes out of English Bay, Howe Sound and the Fraser on his boat, the Lormax. Catch him selling his seafood off the dock at the False Creek Fisherman's Wharf!
BOAT Lormax
GEAR Trap & Gillnet
SPECIES Salmon, Crab, Spot Prawns
AREA Howe Sound

Okanagan Nation Alliance


The ONA is the only DFO-approved license holder for Okanagan Sockeye Salmon, which travels up the Columbia River to spawn in Lake Okanagan. Each fish is landed on the Regan Birch FV and offloaded in the Baptiste family site. This unique wild salmon is recommended as a top choice by Oceanwise.
GEAR Hook and Line & Purse Seine
SPECIES Wild Sockeye Salmon
AREA Okanagan Lake

Tignish Fishermen's Co-op


Tignish Fisherman's Co-op was founded in 1925, as the first fishing co-op in Canada. Made up of fifty owner-operators, these fishers partake in sustainable MSC trap fisheries across PEI and Nova Scotia.
GEAR Trap
SPECIES Atlantic Lobster
AREA Seasonal/Rotating Areas

Joe Curley Jr.


Joe is a hook-and-line fisherman based out of Tofino, B.C. As part of the five First Nation communities that make up the T’aaq-wiihak fishery, Joe is a artisianal fisher catching just a few individual salmon per trip. Fishing under DFO quota, Joe focuses on single day trips to deliver the freshest seafood possible.
BOAT Independent
GEAR Troll - Hook and Line
SPECIES Salmon, Halibut
AREA Tofino

Lee Fish


The Lee Fish boats mostly fish from the port of Leigh and other North Island ports. They started with a group of like-minded fishers in 1960s pooling their quota together and supplying the Japanese market with ikijime fish. Now, you can find their beatiful fish in top restaurants across the globe. Follow @red_line_fishing and @fvcoral to see the action.
GEAR Hook and Line
SPECIES Red Sea Bream, Mix Ikijime Box
AREA Port of Leigh (NZ)