The Sea Harvest Group catches, processes and markets: Cape hake, horse mackerel, pilchards, anchovies, tuna and prawns from South Africa, as well as prawns from Mozambique and Shark Bay king and tiger prawns together with Spanish mackerel from Western Australia. These are premium wild-caught species that have become highly sought-after in local and international markets.
Cape hake, Cape horse mackerel, pilchards, anchovies, tuna and prawns are caught off the coasts of South Africa in the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Fishing takes place 15 to 120 nautical miles from the shore at depths of up to 800m, using Sea Harvest’s own fleet of wet fish trawlers, factory freezer trawlers and purse-seine vessels.
The Sea Harvest fleet consists of 34 factory freezer and wet fish trawlers, which operate out of Cape Town, Saldanha Bay on the Cape west coast, Durban and Mossel Bay on the southern coast of South Africa. On fresh fish trawlers, fish are headed and gutted at sea and packed on ice for delivery to the company’s shore-based processing facilities, locking in taste and texture. Sea Harvest’s state-of-the-art factory freezer trawlers catch and immediately process and freeze the fish into a range of frozen-at-sea products, including fillets, headed & gutted (H&G), other by-catch species and premium fishmeal.
A wide range of plain, coated and crumbed fillets, loins and steaks, as well as other value-added seafood products, are produced at the company’s land-based processing facilities. These facilities are located in Cape Town, Saldanha Bay and Mossel Bay and have a combined capacity to produce 40 000 tons of fish.
Visit www.seaharvest.co.za to view our extensive wild-caught seafood product range.
Sea Harvest fishes for deep-water prawns, Haliporoides Thriarthus, in the pristine, clear and warm Mozambican waters in depths of 200m to 700m. The prawns are graded, packed and frozen onboard vessels. The Group’s activities in Mozambique are conducted through a joint venture between its Viking Fishing Division and a Mozambican government parastatal and markets all its crustacean products under the brand name “Gambeira”.
Sea Harvest Australia owns 10 of the 18 licenses in Shark Bay. Its fleet consists of 12 prawn freezer trawlers, which operate out of Carnarvon, Western Australia. Prawn and scallop fishing takes place within the confines of Shark Bay in depths of 10 to 40 metres. The western king prawns (Penaeus latisulcatus) and brown tiger prawns (Penaeus esculentus) caught by Sea Harvest Australia are graded by size, plate frozen at sea and packed into market-ready packaging onboard the vessels.
Trip lengths for the prawn trawlers are in the region of 22 days, thereafter the fleet returns to port to offload at the start of every full moon closure of the fishery. The fishery is based on an input control management framework. This includes permanent and temporarily closed areas, spatial and temporal controls (including moon closures) to manage the fishing effort and achieve environmental sustainability objectives.
Sea Harvest Australia also has two Spanish mackerel vessels that operate further north of Carnarvon in the Kimberley region. Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson) is a white, firm fish that has darker meat and are one of the tastiest of the Mackerel family. The catch is processed into frozen fillets onboard the vessels, which are Export registered (including the EU), and are marketed both locally and internationally for the world to share the seafood provenance of the North West of Australia.
Sea Harvest Group, through its majority share in Viking Aquaculture, harnesses the skills and expertise of southern Africa’s foremost aquaculturists to produce a complete basket of seafood products for local and international markets.
- A species of abalone (Haliotis midae), which is endemic to South Africa and highly valued in Eastern cultures, is grown at the Buffeljags and Diamond Coast abalone farms. There are 14 farms that produce approximately 1 200 tons of product per year.
- Oysters (Crassostrea gigas) are grown in pristine waters in Lüderitz off the coast of Namibia and in Saldanha Bay.
- In South Africa, wild mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) are abundant and easily accessible on the rocky platforms of the Cape west coast and Saldanha Bay is considered a prime site for the culture of the blue mussel, or Mediterranean mussel.
- Sea water trout (Salmo trutta) is grown in sea-cages in Saldanha Bay. It is a different strain of trout from freshwater rainbow trout; it grows larger and tastes more like salmon but is not as oily.
For more information visit http://www.vikingaquaculture.co.za/
Sea Harvest Group offers a basket of dairy products through its wholly-owned subsidiary company, Ladismith Cheese, which is situated in the picturesque town of Ladismith in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
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The Sea Harvest Group is a fishing, aquaculture and food business with operations in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Australia.