Our Story

Building Our Legacy

Two men harvesting shellfish

Fanny Bay Oysters began farming shellfish in Baynes Sound with the Hadden family over 40 years ago. Fanny Bay Oysters became synonymous with top quality single grown beach grown oysters and shucked oyster meat from British Columbia. In 2006 the Hadden's retired and sold Fanny Bay Oysters to the Taylor family who combined it with their farms in the Desolation Sound just across the straight of Georgia to create Canada's largest producer of shellfish. Over the years we have continued to grow our world recognition for our top quality products that now include manila clams and salish mussels along side our classic Fanny Bay Oysters and premium SunSeeker Oysters. We are a fully integrated company that operates our own hatchery, nursery, grow out, processing, and distribution direct from our farms in the Baynes, Desolation, and Okeover Sounds. With a long history of excellence in innovative farming techniques and high quality products, we are a trusted source of safe and sustainable seafood. As we continue to grow our family farms, we are an industry leader in sustainablity, best practice farming and proccessing methods. We stand by our product every step of the way, from tide to table.

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As part of the Taylor Shellfish family of farms we are able to produce our own larvae in our hatchery and complete the full cycle of sustainable farming. At our farms we raise the seed in our nurseries, and place it on our beaches or in our floating surface bag system, where our farmers care for it until its ready for harvest. We process our shellfish on sight in Fanny Bay, a Canadian Food Inspection Agency registered facility, where we can ensure the traceability for each product that we distribute to our customers all over the world. As the largest producer of shellfish in Canada we pride ourselves on only providing the best sustainable, top quality products to our customers.

Hands holding shellfish seeds

Grown in the cold, clear waters of the British Columbia coastline, our shellfish are able to benefit from the naturally nutrient rich and remote areas in which we farm. We are proud aquaculture community fellows and participate in the long traditions of shellfish farming while also modernizing our practices so that we can continue to farm with future generations. We welcome our customers to visit us and view our practices in action in beautiful British Columbia. You can eat at our Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market in Vancouver or stop by our farm side Seafood Shop in the Baynes Sound which are an OceanWise partners. We are motivated by the environment and work hard to make sure our local waters stay clean so we can always ensure our products are fresh and safe to eat. 

"We are stewards to the marine environment and actively bring awareness to issues that the oceans face and the impacts they have on the shellfish industry."

Bill Taylor, President/Owner of Fanny Bay Oysters