FISHING & OPERATIONS
The Group’s primary species are Cape Hake, Horse Mackerel, Pilchards, Anchovy’s and a variety of farmed species from South Africa and Shark Bay king and tiger prawns from Western Australia. These are premium wild caught and farmed species that have become highly sought-after in local and international markets.
The fleet consists of a total of 53 vessels of which 42 operate in South Africa and 11 in Western Australia. The Sea Harvest fleet, operating out of Saldanha Bay and Cape Town on the West coast of South Africa, consists of 6 factory freezer trawlers and 36 fresh fish trawlers. The Mareterram fleet, operating out of Carnarvon, Western Australia, consists of 11 prawn freezer trawlers.
Cape Hake, Horse Mackerel, Pilchards and Anchovys are 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. Fishing takes place 15 to 120 nautical miles from the shore at depths of up to 800m, using Sea Harvest’s own fleet of single and twin fresh fish trawlers, 6 factory freezer trawlers and purse-seine vessels. Besides Cape Hake, Horse Mackerel, Pilchards and Anchovy’s, the fleet also catches a variety of by-catch species like monkfish, kingklip and snoek.
At sea, fish are headed and gutted on fresh fish trawlers, and packed on ice for delivery to the company’s shore-based processing facilities. Sea Harvest processes the fresh catch 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 the company’s land-based processing facilities.
Sea Harvest’s state of the art factory freezer trawlers catch and immediately process and freeze Cape Hake and assorted by-catch species into a range of frozen-at-sea products. Products include Cape Hake fillets, headed & gutted (H&G) hake, monkfish tails, other by-catch species and premium fishmeal.
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, 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 operates two fresh fish factories one in Saldanha Bay and another in Cape Town that process fresh hake and by-catch species into a variety of chilled and frozen products; and a value-added plant in Saldanha that produces a wide assortment of crumbed, battered and sauced products.
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 is headquartered in Cape Town with regional offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Maputo.
The Mareterram fleet of 11 freezer trawlers operates out of Carnarvon, Shark Bay in Western Australia, and targets western king prawns and brown tiger prawns. The prawns are graded by size, plate frozen at sea and packed into market-ready packaging on board the vessels. In addition to the prawns, Mareterram have an allocated crab and scallop quota which is also packed and frozen at sea.
Fishing takes place within the confines of Shark Bay in water depths of 10 to 40 metres and given the relative low volume nature of the fishery, demands smaller vessels with excellent catching capabilities. Trip lengths for the prawn trawlers are in the region of 22 days, whereafter 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 which includes permanent and temporary closed areas, spatial and temporal controls (including moon closures), to manage fishing effort and achieve environmental sustainability objectives.
Trip lengths for the prawn trawlers are in the region of 22 days, where after the fleet returns to port to offload at the start of every full moon closure of the fishery. Besides the fleet of 11 freezer trawlers, the company operates a cold store and owns a dry docking slipway facility on site in Carnarvon. Product is shipped from the Carnarvon cold store direct to market.
Mareterram is headquartered in Perth with regional offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
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.
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.
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.
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.