Tom Savidge aboard his beloved fishing boat, The Messenger

Top: The original Smokehouse and delivery truck. (Bottom) Tom's original invention (it was a clear pouch at the time).

Top: A batch of Tom's original recipe smoked salmon. (Bottom) Tom Savidge delivering salmon to local taverns.

In 1957, Anacortes fisherman Tom Savidge and his wife Marie built a backyard smokehouse and began selling smoked wild salmon to local taverns. With that, Specialty Seafoods (later renamed SeaBear after a Native American legend) was born... The tavern owners loved Tom's smoked salmon, but asked him to preserve it longer. Being an inventive guy, Tom answered their request with a whole new idea in packaging: The Gold Seal™ pouch, which preserves the salmon naturally, so no refrigeration is required. This innovation (for which he received a patent) made it easy for tourists traveling through the Northwest to take Tom's salmon back home, or to ship it to family and friends. SeaBear now employs over 100 at its Anacortes headquarters.  The company also owns the Made in Washington retail stores in the Pacific Northwest, as well as Gerard & Dominique Seafoods, a lox style smoked salmon brand distributed to fine restaurants and hotels throughout the country.

Today we ship our full line of seafood to customers in all 50 states, and remain dedicated to the same principles upon which Tom Savidge founded our company decades ago: Make great food people love, and always listen to our customers. We stand behind everything we do with our unconditional Fisherman's Oath guarantee.

If you are ever in our part of the world please stop by our smokehouse!

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