Q&A: Cannon Fish Company

We got the inside scoop on Cannon Fish Company, which supplies fish to Main & Vine, including sockeye salmon, Pacific halibut, Pacific cod, yellowfin tuna, swordfish and mahi mahi.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves.

Cannon Fish Company was founded in 1991 by Pete Cannon. Beginning with primarily Alaskan products (salmon, halibut, crab, sablefish, cod, etc.), we have since expanded to include exotic species including tuna, swordfish, mahi mahi, snapper and wahoo.

In 2013, Cannon was purchased by the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA). APICDA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit aimed at developing stable local economies in the Pribilof Islands and allows us to be vertically integrated with the Alaskan fisheries.

Can you tell us more about APICDA?

Being owned by APICDA allows Cannon Fish to have a charitable mission – to provide stable economies to the communities on the furthest reaches of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. Such areas experience high unemployment and limited economic opportunities.

Do you have any socially responsible efforts?

Cannon Fish fully appreciates the additional focus placed on sustainable seafood, especially in the retail sector. We have an internal traceability system, which tracks our North Pacific fish to the vessel they were fished on. Being focused on Alaskan species, most of our products hold certification to a major sustainability standard, including Marine Stewardship Council or Responsible Fisheries Management (UN- FAO). In 2011 we became involved in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), which is working to improve the Indonesian longline fishery (tuna and swordfish) through better policies and management. Cannon is also participating in the FIP in Peru with our mahi mahi fishery.

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