The Sea Harvest Group is a leading, internationally recognised fishing and food business with operations in South Africa and Australia, servicing retail and foodservice customers in 22 countries.
Established in 1964 in Saldanha Bay on the Atlantic West Coast of South Africa by Spanish-owned company, Pescanova, who joined forces with Southern Sea Fishing Enterprises and Imperial Cold Storage (ICS). Today, Sea Harvest has become a household brand and market leader in the fish category. The Sea Harvest Group is a Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) contributor and one of the largest empowered companies in its sector. The Group is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with its majority shareholder being Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited (Brimstone). Brimstone is a black owned Cape-based investment consortium, first invested in Sea Harvest in 1998 and acquired control in 2009.
The principal business is the fishing of Cape Hake and Shark Bay Prawns along with Horse Mackerel, Pilchards, Anchovies and a variety of farmed species, processing of the catch into frozen and chilled seafood, and the marketing of these products, locally and internationally. Sea Harvest owns and operates a fleet of 42 vessels which include single and twin fresh fish trawlers, factory freezer trawlers, and access to in-shore trawlers which catch and process Cape Hake, along other species, as well as by-catch such as kingklip and monk.
In Australia, the Group has a further 11 prawn vessels through its subsidiary Mareterram which catch and process prawns, scallops, crabs and related by-catch species. Sea Harvest’s fresh fish processing plants in Saldanha and Cape Town 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. Sea Harvest processes and packs over 100 products for the local and international markets between its factory freezer vessels, its three processing facilities in Saldanha Bay and Cape Town, and its five aquaculture operations in South Africa and Namibia.
The organic, wild-caught hake, prawns, horse mackerel, pilchard and anchovy products are complemented by a wide range of farmed, by-catch and agency products. The Group distributes its diverse range of chilled and frozen food products through an extensive and highly sophisticated distribution network that grants it access to a complete cross-section of international and local customers. Sea Harvest Corporation’s retail products are distributed to all the major local supermarket chains in South Africa and can be bought in more than 2,000 stores countrywide.
Moreover, the company supplies products to 22 different countries, including countries within the EU, North America, Australia and China. The company is also one of South Africa’s leading importers and distributors of frozen seafood to the catering and hospitality industry. Sea Harvest markets its own brand of Cape Hake products and has been partnering with leading international brands and retailers since its inception in 1964.
The Group’s business platform spans the value chain from trawling to sales ("sea to shelf") and integrates key value-added support services, such as quality control, logistics and supply chain management.
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