SeaBear Wild Salmon
Since 1957, SeaBear Wild Salmon has been smoking salmon in Anacortes. At the smokehouse store, visitors can purchase items, sample smoked salmon, and learn how the company grew from a backyard smokehouse to processing more than 1 million pounds of salmon every year.
“The store is a celebration of the smokehouse’s heritage and authenticity as a smoker and producer of Pacific Northwest salmon for over 60 years,” says Mike Mondello, president and CEO of SeaBear Wild Salmon. “Everything is made here, and when you visit our store, you are 155 steps from the smokers.”
A REVOLUTIONIZING INVENTION
Originally named Specialty Seafoods, founder Tom Savidge invented and patented a clear retort pouch (plastic and foil laminate similar to those used for camping food). Now known as the Gold Seal pouch, this innovation preserves the smoked salmon in its own juices for four years, requires no refrigeration until opened, and allows for easy transportation and shipment.
Several items are in this special pouch such as their signature line of smoked salmon ($7 to $50) with options to purchase in their award-winning gift box, chowders ($9 to $12), and ready-to-eat salmon ($6 to $10). The company also sells a range of other seafood products such as Alaskan Weathervane scallops ($57), wild halibut fillets ($80), and Alaskan king crab legs ($79).
SeaBear Wild Salmon ships to all 50 states, and a monitor in the store shows where they shipped that day. Locals can arrange to pick up items at the store with 24 hours’ notice, including products from their two sister companies — Gerrard & Dominique Seafoods and Made in Washington. If you sign up for their “fresh from the smoker events” you’ll receive a text when salmon is available right out of the smoker.
A TASTE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The store features SeaBear Wild Salmon products, but there are also locally made items like mustards, cheeses, and dressings. Everyone is welcome to a complimentary smoked salmon sample, and, if available, Market Spice Tea and chowder. To taste more, the $5 tasting flight includes traditional lox, Northwest smoked salmon, a smoked oyster, smoked halibut mousse and a portion of a salmon slider.
Two interesting features include a timeline with the company’s milestones and a photo op where you don a bright yellow fisherman’s rain jacket and hold a king salmon in front of Savidge’s fishing boat, “Messenger.”
605 30th St., Anacortes
360.293.4661 | seabear.com
For more stories like this, check out our February article on Drifters Fish here.