Better Fishing Company is a hands-on, family based operation we started while living on the Queen Charlotte Islands 40 years ago. Back then, we fished halibut, salmon and crab on our troller/longliner Hopefull. Now, we specialize in live dungeness crab and spot prawn fisheries, and in selling these sustainable local seafoods to domestic markets.
Along the way, Gregg has also contributed to the management of these fisheries. He was a member of the Halibut Advisory Board and served as a Canadian Commissioner to the International Pacific Halibut Commission for several terms. Gregg was also a founding member of the Area A Crab Association, and worked closely with Archipelago Marine Research to introduce a cutting-edge electronic monitoring program into the crab fishery in Hecate Strait.
Since moving to Vancouver Island, we have focused our efforts on the crab and prawn fisheries. Gregg has been a caucus member of the Pacific Spot Prawn Fishermen’s Association and takes an innovative approach to providing high quality live and fresh product to both local and export markets.
We opened Cowichan Bay Seafood, a retail outlet, in the scenic village of Cowichan Bay in 2010. This store was the beginning of both our wholesale and retail ventures. In 2013 we opened a location at the Victoria Public Market as a hub for our wholesale operation and to bring local sustainable seafood to the Victoria area. This also launched our year-round kitchen, offering soups, salads, sandwiches PLUS fish and chips with our famous light and crispy batter.
The next step in our adventure is to move our retail store and kitchen to Oak Bay. Rebranding as Oak Bay Seafood, we are the same great team and we bring the same expertise and commitment to sustainable seafood. Our whoelsale distribution is also getting some new digs, a dedicated warehouse allowing us to provide more Island restaurants with access to great seafood.
Anne and Gregg Best
Better Fishing Company/Oak Bay Seafood