About

In 1957, Anacortes fisherman Tom Savidge and his wife Marie built a backyard smokehouse and began selling smoked wild salmon to local taverns.


The original SeaBear smokehouse in Anacortes, Washington.

With that, Specialty Seafoods (later renamed SeaBear after 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. From this, word spread about “the legendary flavor of the Pacific Northwest.”

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.

If you are ever in our part of the world please stop for a tour of a smokehouse, it’s fun, delicious and free!