About

Bringing you
the very best

We supply a full range of premium quality
sustainably sourced seafood to a global market.

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Our Company

Bluenose Seafood specializes in the wholesale supply of premium quality fresh and frozen seafood to markets around the world. We are committed to excellence in providing sustainably sourced and ethically harvested species. Over the years we have built a solid reputation in the industry based on:

  • Sustainability
  • Quality
  • Experience
  • Ethical Conduct

WHY CHOOSE US

Sustainability

At Bluenose we know that the health of our oceans has always been tied to the health of our coastal communities and the health of our company. We are committed to environmental stewardship in every aspect of our business.

Quality

We supply a full range of premium quality sustainably sourced seafood to distributors, retailers and fine restaurants around the world. You can rest assured that with Bluenose Seafood you are getting the very best.

Experience

Our highly qualified team has the wholesale seafood experience and know how to provide your company with the right products at the right time. You can count on us to help you make the best purchasing decision possible.

Ethical Conduct

At Bluenose our business has always been based on our core philosophy of honesty, fairness, transparency and trustworthiness in all of our activities and relationships. That’s just how we’ve always done it, and always will.

With over 50 years experience in the wholesale seafood business, Bluenose has proven the ability to provide your company with the continuity of supply and vital information pertaining to product landings, availability, and market pricing. We strive to educate our customers, allowing them to make the best purchasing decisions possible.

The founders of Bluenose Seafood, Elliot Givner and Ian Dempsey grew up in the same community of Purcell’s cove, Nova Scotia and have been involved in the fish business for most of their lives.
Elliot spent his summers as a teenager unloading boats, and went on to study the quality control end of the fish business at Holland College.

Ian comes from a fishing family, he studied marine biology at Dalhousie University and started his career with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Ian joined the sales side of the industry when Elliot offered him an opportunity in 2000. The pair quickly established a reputation with North American fish markets, retail stores, wholesalers, and restaurant chains as suppliers of the highest quality seafood directly from the vessels catching, plants cutting, and farms producing in Canada, the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.

In 2010 Elliot and Ian joined forces creating Bluenose seafood. Since then Bluenose Seafood has continued to grow, the company now has 8 full time employees, and a full product line of fresh and frozen seafood. Bluenose Seafood has proven sales strategies for both the short and long term, business planning, logistical support and financing for 200 customers and counting.

With nearly 50+ years of experience in the wholesale seafood business, Bluenose has proven the ability to provide your company with the continuity of supply and vital information pertaining to product landings, availability, and market pricing. We strive to educate our customers, allowing them to make the best purchasing decisions possible.

Nova Scotian’s have been referred to as “Bluenosers” as far back as 1785. Why? The answer varies depending who you ask. The Oxford English Dictionary defines Bluenoser: “A nickname for: a native or inhabitant of Nova Scotia”.

The Bluenose was a fishing and racing schooner built in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia by the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard. She was made famous after winning “The Halifax Herald North Atlantic Fisherman’s International Competition” in October 1921. This was a race between the fishermen who braved the waters of Grand Banks for as long as 2 months at a time. For the following 17 years she remained undefeated. The Bluenose was named Queen of the North Atlantic fishing fleet in 1928 after defeating the Thebaud. In 1937 the Bluenose began to appear on the Canadian dime, she remains an important symbol of Canada’s heritage.

Another account attributes the name to the thick wool mittens that Fishermen’s wives would knit for their husbands. The Atlantic Ocean is cold, windy and damp. Runny noses were part of the job, as the fishermen wiped the cold sea spray off their face they unknowingly dyed their noses blue because of the low quality blue dye used to add colour to the mittens. After a fishing trip the fishermen would return home with blue noses, thus the name Bluenosers.

With our recent acquisition of Sambro Fisheries Ltd. – a seafood processing plant located in the historic fishing community of Sambro, Nova Scotia – Bluenose Seafood has now completely integrated our brokerage business within our new dockside processing facilities. Not only does this mean a picturesque change of venue for us, it also means that we are now truly a dock to table operation. Processing much of our own seafood caught by our own boats and by our own fishers more quickly and to higher standards than ever before. What this means for you is a fresher, higher quality product than anything else on the market today. We guarantee it.