Committed to wild-only salmon products, The Fishery has delivered fresh seafood and friendly service since 1992--first as The Fishery and later as The Fishery Seafoods, Ltd. The Fishery Seafoods, Ltd. is a family-owned & operated business. The main owner, Arnie Hengstler, is a commercial fisherman from a family of fishermen and is committed to wild-only salmon products. He started selling his fresh catch at Saltspring Island's Saturday Market in 1972. In 1992, he & his wife, Julia, founded The Fishery seafood market at Lower Ganges Road on Salt Spring Island with partners, John & Verna Elliott.
Arnie & Julia assumed sole ownership of the retail storefront in 1995, branching out into their own gourmet line of canned seafood in 1998. In the late 1990's Arnie & Julia began marketing their gourmet canned and frozen seafood products in artisanal and seasonal markets in British Columbia & Ontario. Around 2007, Arnie started another new summertime venture, "The Fishery Afloat", to bring his wares to other Gulf Islands like Mayne & Galiano. In their latest adventure, Arnie & Julia recently sold the Saltspring storefront to relocate to Duncan, British Columbia where they continue to market and sell their elite gourmet seafood products.
With the help of his sons and wife, Arnie continues to fish for salmon and travel to regional markets in BC, Alberta and Ontario as well as run The Fishery Afloat in order to deliver you the freshest and highest quality seafood.