You probably think of barnacles as something nasty that slices up feet, but they’re also BC’s newest sustainable seafood.
“I would say they have the texture of calamari with the taste of oyster.”
That’s Laurenne Schiller with the Vancouver Aquarium’s “Oceanwise” program describing “Gooseneck barnacles.”
The tiny fishery run by a Vancouver Island First Nation is the first to be independently certified by the program.
Schiller says she hopes it sets an example sustainable harvesting.
“You know, a lot of the suff we hear in the news is bad, and you know ‘fisheries are destroying the planet’ kind of thing. But this is an example of a small fishery that’s doing things right”
Schiller says if you want to taste the barnacles, they’re turning up mostly at high-end seafood restaurants.