Sea Source has complete trace-ability from Sea to Distribution, take a look at our process below, from catching the fresh fish to distributing within the shortest time frame possible.
We have a range of vessels landing their catch to Sea Source in our registered Kilkeel port, from potters to semi-pelagic vessels. The methods used by our fishermen have been developed over years to ensure they catch the highest quality fish in a more efficient and less damaging way. Catchment areas for our fishermen are: West of Scotland, Irish Sea and Celtic Sea.
Our fishermen go out on short trips of 3-4 days maximum and fish close to the harbour. Steaming time from fishing ground to harbour is approximately 4 hours, therefore fish is landed into our home port of Kilkeel, fresh and in pristine condition.
3. FISH MARKET
Once the catch is landed, it is stored in the chilled fish market until the auction. The fish market is located on the quay side of Kilkeel Harbour. The abundance of great quality fish each week indicates that our local fishing industry is going from strength to strength. The success of Sea Source shows we have been working hard to ensure our fishermen get a fair price for their catch.
4. THE AUCTION
The auction begins at 07:30am each morning on the fish market. Our long-established auctioneer, Brendan, keeps daily tallies of fish coming from the vessels each morning, auctions, manages sales and records all fish sold at the auction. Sea Source also has a representative at each auction, Ken, who independently purchases fresh fish for our customers throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and beyond.
All fish bought at the auction is delivered to our processing plants which are less than 100 metres from the market. All fish is then sorted, graded, weighed, packed, iced, labelled and palletised before distributing with all necessary documentation.
Fresh fish is loaded into refrigerated trailers and distributed to our customers, fresh and ready for use in our own reusable ANIFPO fish boxes. To comply with our environmental statement, all fish boxes must be retained by our customers and placed on a pallet in a bundle of 50, wrapped up and ready for collection by our selected shipping company. This reduces box wastage and helps to keep plastic out of our seas.