First Class Fishing

Fish Processing Services

There is no doubt that one of the most important components of your fishing trip is the handling of your fish. QCL is committed to provide our guests with top quality fish processing.

From the time that you catch your fish, to the moment you serve up a taste of salmon or halibut at home, we are involved with every facet.

We coach our guests to properly bleed their salmon or halibut at the moment of catch. This will ensure the utmost in fish quality. Small details, such as icing your catch upon arrival at our dock, continue to provide the finest in quality.

Licensed Sport Fish Processing

We can process your catch into fillets and vacuum pack and flash freeze them for transport home. You can elect to utilize our Licensed Sport Fish Processing facility and have your fish further processed into 1 pound chunks, vacuum packed and flash frozen. This labour intensive process costs slightly more, however, it is well worth it. About 75% of our customers select this option and from all reports, they could not be happier with their choice.

Custom Processor

You can also direct your catch to our custom processor, where you can have your fish smoked utilizing various processes, or see your fish canned or even smoked and canned!  The options are numerous and at the end of the day, you will be very excited to prepare your catch or share it with family and friends.

Home Delivery

As an added convenience we also offer our Home Delivery program. We pack your fish into thick walled Styrofoam boxes, specifically designed for air transport, and have your fish arrive when you want it to, right at your door. The utmost in fish care.


A. QCL Standard Procedure

A. QCL Standard Procedure

There are 2 options:

  1. Fish are filleted and vacuum packed in full or half fillets
  2. You can take your fish home whole with or without the head
    • DFO rules specify limited # of pieces that a fish can be cut into
    • frozen fish are packed in waxed cardboard boxes for air transport
    • fish travels home with you as checked baggage

B. QCL Custom Portion Packing

B. QCL Custom Portion Packing

Features:

  • under our “Sport Caught Commercial Processing License”
  • fish may be cut into small (1 lb) portions – fillets, chunks – before vacuum packing
  • offers greatest convenience for you and ensures less waste
  • frozen fish are packed in waxed cardboard boxes for air transport
  • service available at additional cost

C. QCL Custom Processing

C. QCL Custom Processing

Features:

  • fish may be smoked or canned for you by our custom processor
  • additional charges vary by product
  • processing takes 10-12 weeks
  • frozen fish are packed in styrofoam & cardboard boxes for air transport; canned product is shipped ground

D. QCL Home Delivery

D. QCL Home Delivery

Features:

  • fish is shipped to follow you
  • arrives at your door via Fedex
  • fish are packed in styrofoam & cardboard boxes for air transport
  • it is held in our Vancouver freezer until you’re ready for it
  • may be applied to any of our processing options
  • additional cost includes Packing fee and FedEx charges by destination

E. Taxidermy

E. Taxidermy

Features:

  • high quality modern reproduction mounts are extremely realistic
  • very attractive presentations are available for any size fish
  • we need only the measurement of the fish to produce the replica, so it’s perfect for Catch & Release
  • costs start at approx. $25 / inch

F. Taste of BC

F. Taste of BC

Features:

  • Oceanwise BC fish & shellfish is available at an additional charge
  • offering a wide array of products that you are not able to obtain with your fishing license
  • Albacore tuna loins, spot prawns, scallops, smoked sablefish, etc.
  • costs vary

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I must comment on the fish processing. Each day’s catch is weighed and cleaned and cut to your specifications. We choose the portion pack which is a one pound serving size that is vacuum packed and flash frozen. They are then distributed in cartons at the South Terminal on the arrival back in Vancouver.

~Daniel T on TripAdvisor


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