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original smokehouse was built in 1957 by SeaBear's founder, Tom Savidge, local
fisherman and smoked salmon aficionado. The SeaBear Smokehouse, originally named
Specialty Seafoods is one of the oldest smokehouses in the Pacific Northwest.
Specialty Seafoods was re-named SeaBear Smokehouse after the native legend of
the swimming bear that enjoyed feasting on salmon. SeaBear is still grounded in
3 elements that set our products apart from all other smoked salmon products on
the market. All of our salmon is caught wild, hand filleted, and traditionally
smoked right here at our smokehouse by SeaBear employees. Today, SeaBear is
still in Anacortes, Washington. We are located 60 miles north of Seattle, right
past the famous Skagit Valley Tulip Fields. Stop by anytime. We’re easy to find;
Anacortes is not very big! Shelf stable smoked salmon was invented and patented
by our founder Tom Savidge. In 1957, Tom and his wife Marie began selling wild
caught smoked salmon to local taverns here in Anacortes. The tavern owners and
their patrons loved Tom s smoked salmon so much, they asked him to find a way to
preserve it longer so they could share it with friends and family out of state.
Being an inventive guy, Tom took their challenge and created the gold seal pouch
for which he received a patent. SeaBear's Gold Seal Pouch preserves the salmon
naturally, so no refrigeration is required until the pouch is opened. SeaBear's
new packaging made it easy for tourists traveling through Anacortes on their way
to Washington’s San Juan Islands to take Tom’s salmon with them, or to ship it
to family and friends in different parts of the country. From this, word spread
about our smoked wild salmon. Now it s your turn to share the extraordinary
bounty of the Pacific Northwest with your friends, family and patrons.