FISHING & OPERATIONS
The company’s primary species are Merluccius Capensis and Merluccius Paradoxus, commonly known as Cape Capensis or Cape Hake, the firm white-fleshed fish that has become sought-after in local and international markets. Cape Hake is caught off the west and south coasts of South Africa, where the unpolluted, nutrient-rich water of the cold Benguela current sweeps up from the Antarctic.
At sea, Cape Hake are headed and gutted on fresh fish trawlers, and packed on ice for delivery to the company’s shorebased processing facilities. Sea Harvest processes the fresh Cape Hake into fillets, loins, steaks and moulded portions which are quick frozen, locking in taste and texture. A wide range of smoked, coated, crumbed and other value-added seafood products are also produced at our land-based processing facilities. Besides frozen products, fresh head-on and gutted Cape Hake and chilled fillets are packed in these facilities and air freighted to international markets. Sea Harvest’s state of the art freezer trawlers catch and immediately process the fish into a range of products that are individually quick frozen at sea.
Fishing takes place 15 to 120 nautical miles from the shore at depths of between 400m and 800m, using our own fleet of single and twin fresh fish trawlers, in-shore trawlers and factory freezer trawlers. As a responsible corporate citizen, Sea Harvest believes in conducting its business in a sustainable manner. Not only does Sea Harvest comply with the regulations and quotas imposed by the South African government and other international organisations, but it also plays an active role in creating initiatives for furthering the sustainability of South Africa’s marine resources for the benefit of future generations.
Sea Harvest’s fresh fish processing plants in Saldanha and Mossel Bay are built on deep-water quays. This enables the trawlers to tie up alongside and speedily off-load into the factory, essentially becoming part of the production line. The fresh fish factories produce a wide range of natural products such as fillets, loins, steaks and portions that are either plate frozen, blast frozen or individually quick frozen (IQF) for retail and foodservice markets around the world.
Sea Harvest’s value-added processing plant in Saldanha is BRC (British Retail Consortium) accredited and produces a wide range of products that are coated, battered, crumbed, sauced or char-grilled to customer specifications.
Sea Harvest has been awarded the following endorsements:
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) The MSC is the global gold standard for sustainable fishing. Sea Harvest’s South African Cape Hake products can proudly carry the blue MSC logo, assuring consumers of environmentally responsible fishery management and sound practices and products that have not contributed to the worldwide problem of overfishing.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) The BRC is a global food organisation that assures retailers of the capabilities and competence of their suppliers. The Sea Harvest Value Added Processing Facility is certified by the BRC, allowing you to buy our products with confidence, knowing that we are committed to ensuring the quality, safety and legality of our products.
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) HACCP is a food safety management system that strives to minimise food safety risks in the food processing industry. The Sea Harvest supply chain process is HACCP certified, further demonstrating our commitment to producing and trading in safe food, while offering customer satisfaction and product quality.
Heart and Stroke Foundation SA The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a community-based organisation established to reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke in the South African population. A variety of Sea Harvest branded products are proudly endorsed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA, as part of a healthy eating plan, and carry the prestigious Heart Mark logo.