Walcan Seafood began operations on Quadra Island, British Columbia in 1974. We began as a small, seasonal bait herring producer employing 16 people over a four month season. Quadra Island was chosen as our location because of a nearby source of high quality herring. Our markets were West Coast sport and commercial salmon fishermen. Our bait herring brand names of Tom Brown Sport Bait and Rhys Davis quickly became the industry leaders.
With the experience and success of our bait herring product and because of our location, it became clear that there were additional opportunities for Walcan to produce other high quality seafood products.
Our Quadra Island location, which is near Johnstone Strait, offered Walcan easy access to this favoured fishing ground. Our close proximity to Johnstone Strait allows Walcan the opportunity to process our fishermen's catches promptly which results in the highest quality product for our customers.