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46° South


Purveyor of fine New Zealand Seafood to Canada

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46° South


Purveyor of fine New Zealand Seafood to Canada

 

Based out of Vancouver, 46 South Fish Co. is a seafood company that manages the logistics of importing New Zealand seafood to Canada.  With an emphasis on sustainable fishing, we focus on promoting and marketing New Zealand seafood in Canada that is both responsibly caught and farmed.

 
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About Us


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About Us


 

46 South was formed to help consolidate small orders of premium New Zealand shellfish to respective buyers across Canada. From those early beginnings we have grown to accommodate a wide range of unique premium ocean products from the isolated waters of New Zealand. 

Drawing on our experience and relationships in New Zealand, we are constantly up-to-date with weekly availability, as well as new and unique seafood as it becomes available. New Zealand is a world leader in fishery management, having adopted the Quota Management System in 1986. In 2011, New Zealand became one of only two countries to achieve a top ranking in a review of international fishery management systems, and in a second study was ranked first among 53 major fishing nations for managing resources.

The cold rough waters of the Southern Ocean create an extremely favourable growing environment, producing species renowned for their superior flavour and texture. Much of New Zealand’s coastal land is home to heritage parks and forests. This isolated area with windswept coastline, snow capped mountains rising from the sea and low-density population create the ideal habitat for fish breeding grounds. 

These wild waters are also home to the local fishermen who use their small boats and artisanal methods of fishing to bring their fresh catch home to the small seafood communities of New Zealand. These are the communities that 46 South Fish Co. closely works with to ensure that their last day’s catch is handled efficiently to meet the international seafood markets of North America.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

OUR METHOD

THE GOODS

New Zealand law requires catch limits for every fish stock to be set at levels that will ensure their long 
term sustainability. The Ministry of Fisheries rigorously monitors the amount of fish caught against these  limits and financial penalties are enforced if too much fish is caught in any one year. Under this system, the commercial catching rights for each of New Zealand’s 636 fish stocks have been split into quota shares which can be freely bought and sold.

46 South predominately works with the inshore fisheries surrounding New Zealand's idyllic remote coastline. The boats range from 40-70ft in length & are generally crewed by 2-3 people. Trips last anywhere from 1-3 days. These fishermen brave the southern ocean elements to see that premium harvested seafood is delivered on a consistent basis to both domestic and overseas markets.

All the seafood, fresh and/or live, is directly imported into Vancouver via airfreight by the national carrier Air New Zealand to ensure optimal freshness and are here within 48 hrs of being harvested.  Most of the fin fish species we supply are from the sheltered warmer waters of the North Island’s East coast. Species like Red Sea Bream, John Dory and Groper arrive on a regular basis, often weekly. 

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Drop Us A Line


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If you like what we're about and want 46 South Fish Co. to help you make New Zealand seafood an option for your customers...then drop us a line!


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46 South Fish Company LTD.
170-422 Richards St
Vancouver, BC V6B 2Z4
Canada

Toronto:  1. 647. 874. 1479
Vancouver:  1. 778. 588. 9543