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Quality Standards

The Freshest Seafood Imaginable

Unlike other center of the plate proteins, there are NO
mandatory government inspections for Seafood
... WHAT?

Unlike other center of the plate proteins, there are NO
mandatory government inspections for Seafood
... WHAT?

The Highest Quality Fresh Seafood

Our Triple Inspection Protocol

Unlike other center of the plate proteins (chicken, beef, pork, etc.), seafood has no uniform mandatory inspection by the USDA. The vast majority of seafood imported and produced in the United States is not inspected. Therefore, it is North Coast’s responsibility to create and adhere to our own rigorous freshness and quality standards.

North Coast Seafoods employee cutting into a fresh tuna loin
scientist tests a seafood sample at North Coast Seafoods

1) U.S.D.C. Grade A Compliant Facility

We have voluntarily participated in the United States Department of Commerce (USDC) Grade A program since 1985 because we see great value in a uniform federal quality standard for seafood. As a Grade A Compliant facility, we are in the top 1% of seafood processors in the United States.

2) QMP and HACCP Inspection Audit and sanitation program

The Quality Management Program (QMP) and Hazard Analysis AND Critical Control Point (HACCP) Program inspection technique provides confident assurance that our seafood products are prepared under safe and sanitary conditions. In addition, our facilities are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized every night.

3) Fully Equipped on-site Microbiological and Quality Assurance Laboratories

We built our own fully capable microbiological lab in our Boston Headquarters, staffed with our resident scientist and Sensory Analyst (Quality Assurance). We test all incoming product to ensure it meets our minimum quality standards, and if it doesn’t, we send it back.

We partner directly with our trusted fishermen around the globe, giving us total control of quality, from Hook to Home.

We partner directly with our trusted fishermen around the globe, giving us total control of quality, from Hook to Home.

Eliminating the Middleman

We partner closely with our trusted, dedicated, veteran fishermen all around the globe to directly source the absolute highest caliber seafood. From there, we process in our own state of the art facilities, and distribute directly to our customers.

North Coast is involved in every step of the process.

Tory Bramante in front of fishing boat 'America' at the Boston Fish Pier
North Coast Seafoods blue delivery box truck

Direct Buyer

  • Our firmly anchored, time-honored relationships with our seasoned fishermen allow us to source seafoood directly from them.
  • Our fishing partners understand the quality we demand and supply us top-tier quality product for our customers.

First Receiver & Processor

  • There is NO middleman between us and our fishermen.
  • We own and operate our own facilities, giving us total control of quality.
  • Every fish is given a lot number that tells us where it came from, when it was caught, when it was bought, and when it was sold. This ensures a transparent, traceable supply chain.

Direct Distributor

  • We have our own fleet of trucks that deliver our seafood across New England.
  • Outside of New England, our longstanding partnership with FedEx allows us to deliver anywhere in the country overnight.
  • The majority of our seafood shipped via ground transport gets loaded by OUR team members onto OUR trucks driven by OUR people. This ensures strict adherence to proper fresh and frozen refrigeration temperatures — from loading through to final delivery.
  • It has been said that every degree above 34° F reduces shelf life by a day, so time and proper handling is crucial to freshness.

Our Seafood Tastes Better
Because Fresher Fish Tastes Better.

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