Pescavore

Ahi tuna jerky snacks sourced from sustainable, wild-caught seafood

Company overview

Date Established:
2016
Description:
Ahi tuna jerky snacks sourced from sustainable, wild-caught seafood
Founder:
Founders:
Matt Owens
,
Clarice Owens
,
Pescavore
Headquarters:
Santa Cruz, CA
Industry:
Food
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about

Pescavore is a 1.5 oz single serving of wild tuna or salmon sourced from sustainable seafood. It is a first of its kind innovation and a better for you alternative in the $2.8b US market for meat snacks. At Pescavore, they start with the highest quality, responsibly caught seafood to make their handcrafted jerky. They use premium marinades and whole cuts, then apply the age-old tradition of natural wood smoking. Their small batch process maintains flavor, texture, protein, and nutrients, with less residual salt and sugar than traditional jerky. Packaged in a convenient, single serving size with no refrigeration required until after opening, Pescavore is the perfect healthy and delicious snack for those on-the-go.

Healthy Oceans Seafood Company, the owner of the brand, uses emergent and proprietary technologies to produce tasty, convenient, resource smart seafood products that consumers can trust. Because they exclusively source from US waters, and process in the USA, customers can be assured that the seafood purchased through Healthy Oceans was caught and produced legally and sustainably. With every pack traceable to the fisher and fishery, they strive to help hard-working American fishermen, communities, and consumers thrive.

founding story

The idea for a locally caught and produced seafood product was borne from a work, surf, dive and fishing trip through Micronesia. At the RRE hotel perched on the edge of Majuro atoll in the Marshall Islands, the couple was first introduced to a delightful, artisan produced food tradition. Local fishing families dried thin sticks of Marlin and delicately seasoned them with ginger and spices to produce a fish snack with a perfect touch of wild and gamey flavor. After practically living on these fish treats, Matt and Clarice returned home keen to recreate this simple delicacy for themselves and maybe others too.

Over the next few years, the couple worked to create a minimally processed, sustainable and delicious snackable seafood based from the slow food traditions of brining, drying and smoking fish. The couple visited indigenous fish smoke houses in the Makah and Quileute territories, hung out with Alaskan and Pacific Northwest fihsers and processors and ultimately innovated unique methods to bring this first of its kind product to market.

Pescavore and Healthy Oceans are more than just a consumer packaged goods company. The company is a vertically integrated producer that works tirelessly to ensure that our coastal communities benefit from active, working waterfronts and local, sustainable seafood for years to come.

Bios

Matt Owens
Co-Founder

Matt Owens, Co-Founder and CEO of Healthy Oceans Seafood Company (owner of the brand Pescavore) began his career in seafood as a rural aquaculture extension agent in the Peace Corps, Zambia. As the Director of Environmental Policy and Social Responsibility at Tri Marine, the world’s preferred supplier of tuna and tuna supply related services, he is an experienced leader in sustainability advocacy also appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the General Advisory Committee to NOAA for the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission. Prior to his present roles, as the Managing Director of FishWise, Matt led efforts to build sustainable seafood programs for U.S. retailers. In his current capacities, Matt focuses on improving regional tuna fisheries management policies, strengthening sustainable product solutions, and protecting the wellbeing of the fishermen, fish processors and communities their supply chain affects. Matt graduated cum laude with a Masters degree in Pacific International Affairs from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California and holds a BA in International Relations from Humboldt State University.

Clarice Owens
Co-Founder

Co-founder and CTO Clarice Owens started her career in technology as the first African-American female conferred in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s more than 100-year program in Aerospace Engineering. She went on to make meaningful contributions to top tier technology companies like Boeing, Solar Turbines and Bloom Energy before shifting her focus toward better and more resilient food systems. Clarice brings an outsider, technology-emphasized perspective to crafting new and unique approaches to seafood.

Pescavore

Healthy Oceans (Pescavore) was launched with a focus on product innovation within the category of sustainable, wild-caught seafood. The company’s mission is to produce healthy, delicious products that consumers can trust, and that help hard-working American fishermen, communities, and consumers thrive.

The original inspiration came from a 2013 business trip to the Marshall Islands, where the founders discovered locally-crafted marlin jerky and wondered why such wonderful, artisanal seafood snacks weren’t available in the US market.

Pescavore is a category disruptor, bringing to market 1.5 oz single serve, shelf stable, whole cut, smoked ahi tuna and sockeye salmon strips that contain 14-15 grams of real food protein, heart and brain healthy omega-3s, and zero to one gram of sugar.

Products

Smokey Poke (10-Pack)

Our all natural, no CO or color added, ahi tuna infused with roasted sesame oil and scallions then smoked to perfection.  No refrigeration required for this delicious snack, take your Smoky Poke with you wherever the fun goes!


Smokey Poke (10-Pack)

$
49.99
Description:

Our all natural, no CO or color added, ahi tuna infused with roasted sesame oil and scallions then smoked to perfection.  No refrigeration required for this delicious snack, take your Smoky Poke with you wherever the fun goes!


Details:
YELLOWFIN TUNA, GLUTEN FREE SOY SAUCE (WATER, SOYBEANS, SALT, VINEGAR), WATER, GREEN ONIONS, SHALLOTS, MINCED GARLIC, GINGER PUREE, TOASTED SESAME OIL, SUGAR, WINE, VINEGAR, SICHIMI TOGARASHI, SPICES, NATURAL FLAVORS. CONTAINS FISH AND SOY.
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Island Teriyaki (10-Pack)

This teriyaki recipe blends pineapple and ginger with gluten free soy sauce for the perfect base.  We keep it light and not too sweet.  Yokwe! Bula! Aloha! Say hello to this delicious island treat.


Island Teriyaki (10-Pack)

$
49.99
Description:

This teriyaki recipe blends pineapple and ginger with gluten free soy sauce for the perfect base.  We keep it light and not too sweet.  Yokwe! Bula! Aloha! Say hello to this delicious island treat.


Details:
YELLOWFIN TUNA, GLUTEN FREE SOY SAUCE (WATER, SOYBEANS, SALT, VINEGAR), WATER, PINEAPPLE JUICE, SUGAR, WINE, VINEGAR, SPICES, NATURAL FLAVORS.CONTAINS FISH AND SOY.
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Caribbean Jerk (10-Pack)

Our love of Caribbean Jerk came from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica on the road between Kingston and Buff Bay. This authentic recipe is mild by jerk standards, but has a robust, smoky, savory flavor matched perfectly to fish.

Caribbean Jerk (10-Pack)

$
49.99
Description:

Our love of Caribbean Jerk came from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica on the road between Kingston and Buff Bay. This authentic recipe is mild by jerk standards, but has a robust, smoky, savory flavor matched perfectly to fish.

Details:
YELLOWFIN TUNA, WATER, VINEGAR, SAFFLOWER OIL, SALT, GRANULATED GARLIC, GRANULATED ONION, GROUND ALLSPICE, GROUND RED PEPPER, SPICE EXTRACTIVES, CILANTRO OIL (SESAME OIL, NATURAL FLAVOR), CINNAMON, SPICES, NATURAL FLAVORS. CONTAINS FISH.
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3 Pack Sampler

A 3 pack sample of the same strip or mix it up and try all 3: Caribbean Jerk, Island Teriyaki & Smokey Poke.

3 Pack Sampler

$
14.99
Description:

A 3 pack sample of the same strip or mix it up and try all 3: Caribbean Jerk, Island Teriyaki & Smokey Poke.

Details:
YELLOWFIN TUNA, GLUTEN FREE SOY SAUCE (WATER, SOYBEANS, SALT, VINEGAR), WATER, PINEAPPLE JUICE, SUGAR, WINE, VINEGAR, SPICES, NATURAL FLAVORS.CONTAINS FISH AND SOY.
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press releases

Press articles

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Taste test: Tuna jerky that will (almost) make you forget the beef
Pescavore taste test.
New Hope
New Hope Network Announces Winners of the 2020 Natural Products Expo Spark Change NEXTY Awards
Pescavore is featured as the Best New Savory or Salty Snack: Healthy Oceans Seafood Company Pescavore Ahi Tuna Jerky Strips.
CNN Business
Why 7-Eleven is getting into tuna jerky, algae oil popcorn and pigless pork rinds
This year's batch includes 25 brands known well in the natural foods arena but not necessarily on the mainstream stage. Some of the products include Pescavore ahi tuna jerky strips; Quinn gluten-free pretzels; Outstanding Foods PigOut pigless pork rinds; Koia plant-based, vegan protein shakes; and Pop Zero algae oil popcorn.

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