a·fi·ci·o·na·do

/əˌfiSHəˈnädō,əˌfisyəˈnädō/
noun

A person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime.

Here at Afishionado Fishmongers we are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our favourite subject… transparent and sustainably sourced seafood! We are your community-minded provider of fresh and fresh-frozen seafood dedicated to bringing low-impact fishing traditions back to the plates of consumers. For us, knowing the story behind the fish we sell is paramount. We follow Ocean Wise certification as our main guide, a classification that ensures responsibility to a fishery’s abundance and catch method. We source locally as much as we can by building deep relationships with our region’s small-scale, community-based fishers and aquaculturalists, and any Afishionado products that don’t have Ocean Wise certification, such as our wild Atlantic Halibut and Cod, are fished using low-impact fishing methods, such as hook and line.

We build and maintain close relationships with those who catch our fish, and work hard to help foster a fair, transparent, traceable, and sustainable exchange of seafood in the Maritimes! We have a variety of ways of getting high-quality sustainable seafood to you, including weekly, and monthly subscription shares, a variety of packaged deals, wholesale, and more!

Mikaila Bickford

MIKAILA BICKFORD

E-COMMERCE MANAGER

Mikaila is delighted to be an Afishionado Team Member. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2012 with a B.A. (Honours) in Social Cultural Anthropology and in 2018 with a Masters in Marine Management. Since graduating, Mikaila has been employed in hospitality and tourism, working in resort management and as a scuba dive instructor throughout the Caribbean, Asia, and the South Pacific. As a dive instructor and ocean lover, Mikaila is concerned with the effects of human pressures on marine biodiversity. Her aspiration in the field of marine management is to compel people to take action to protect our oceans through media engagement, community development, local policy, and the development of educational programs.

hana

HANA NELSON

FISHMONGER

Hana has a strong, diverse background in food and food systems. She has experience in the government sector, from a term position with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. Hana is an advocate for the Sustainable Seafood Industry in Nova Scotia. She started Afishionado fishmongers in 2014, a company solely focused on sustainably farmed and fished products and has grown it to a company that currently serves retail customers in Nova Scotia through the popular Catch of the Week CSF, over 30 restaurants within Nova Scotia and a growing number of restaurants and distributors across Canada. Hana is passionate about connecting people with their food and being an advocate for small, owner-operated food businesses.

Laurie Starr

LAURIE STARR

HALIFAX OPERATIONS MANAGER

Laurie Starr is a graduate of Dalhousie University where she majored in Marine Biology. With a solid foundation in science she has recently completed a Masters of Marine Management. As part of her masters Laurie spent several months in Indonesia working with a local NGO and learning about the intricacies of the small-scale fisheries sector. She hopes to be able to apply some of this knowledge to the Nova Scotian context. Laurie is excited to be a part of the Afishionado team and the larger movement of reconnecting people to the origins of their food and sustainable thinking. In her spare time, Laurie indulges in Ultimate Frisbee, bouldering, and hosting potlucks.