Products :: Pioneer Fishing

By: Pioneer Fishing  11-11-2011

Product information and availability

Canned products

The cannery in St Helena Bay produces canned pilchard in tomato and chilli sauce in the 215 g and 425 g sizes.

After canning, the product is tested for quality – a process that takes between 3 weeks and a month. The product will then be depalletised before being labelled for the various customers. After labelling, the best before date is inkjetted onto the can and the cans are then shrink-wrapped into packs of 12 (in the case of 425 g cans) and 24 (in the case of 215 g cans) units. The packs are subsequently palletised automatically before being wrapped for storage.

Fish meal and fish oil

Pioneer Fishing’s production facility in St Helena Bay, Oranjevis, produces 20 000 to 25 000 tons of steam dried fish meal per year depending on fishing conditions and the availability of fish. The company produces approximately 2 000 to 3 000 tons of fish oil per year, depending on the fat content of the fish caught and the availability of the fish.

There are four species of fish that are harvested for fish meal and oil: The South African anchovy (Engraulis Capensis), the South African round herring (Etrumeus Teres), the South African pilchard (Sardinops Sagax) and the South African lanternfish (Lampanyctodes Hectoris).

The specs of the fish meal are as follows:

Fish Protein Fat
Round herring or anchovy 66% min 12% max
Lanternfish 62% min 16% max
Pilchard offal 60% min 12% max

The fish oil produced by the species above have different characteristics:

Fish Colour EPA DHA Total omega 3 fatty acids FFA
Anchovy Clear, yellow 19% min 8% min 33% 6% max
Round herring Clear, reddish brown 19% min 8% min 33% 6% max
Lanternfish Clear and reddish 10% min 7% min 21.5% 3% max
Pilchard Clear, yellow 19% min 8% min 33% 3% max

Cutlets

Bait

The Pioneer Fishing group can supply approximately 20 tons of bait (Sardinops Sagax) per day.

The company produces A-grade and C-grade bait. A-grade bait consists of whole pilchards packed finger laid and frozen. C-grade bait is whole broken (split bellies, etc.) pilchards that are block frozen. Both grades are packed into 5 kg boxes, or the 5 kg frozen blocks are packed naked onto a pallet and shrink-wrapped for shipment. The company also offers specialty packs.

All bait is blast frozen at -40°C for 8 hours.

The bait is packed according to grade and size. There are six sizes, which are classified according to how many pilchard units are packed into a 5 kg frozen block.

The more pilchards in a block, the smaller the fish pieces are. These sizes are:

  • 45 – 50 pieces per carton
  • 50 – 55 pieces per carton
  • 55 – 60 pieces per carton
  • 60 – 70 pieces per carton
  • 70 – 80 pieces per carton
  • 80+ pieces per carton

C-grade pilchard bait is usually packed into brown cartons or naked wrapped. About 2% of the company’s production is C-grade.

A-grade pilchard bait is packed into white branded cartons, or naked wrapped. Pioneer Fishing produces about 20 tons of A-grade bait per day.

Squid

Pioneer Fishing owns five squid vessels, and has agency agreements with other squid boat owners to pack, store and export their products on their behalf.

Through this infrastructure, Pioneer Fishing can supply both sea frozen and land frozen squid (Loligo Vulgaris). Sea frozen squid is exported while the land frozen is sold on the local market.

Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) sets seasons for harvesting squid. Loligo Vulgaris has a life span of about one year. Four seasons are set for squid harvesting to ensure that there is proper recruitment and that the harvesting is conducted in a sustainable and controlled manner.

There are two grades for the squid: Sea frozen and land frozen. The quick blast freezing method is used for both sea frozen and land frozen squid.

Hake

Hake (Merluccius Capensis) is available in both fresh and frozen fillets (with skin) or whole, headless and gutted units.

The fillets are plate frozen and finger laid in layers and put into 5 kg cartons. Fillets are packed according to their size:

  • 55 – 115 g
  • 116 – 170 g
  • 171 – 230 g;
  • 231 – 395 g
  • 396+ g

The whole hake is headed and gutted and quick blast frozen. Each unit is individually wrapped and finger laid into 5 kg and 15 kg cartons.

These units are packed according to the weight of the fish:

  • 80 – 120 g
  • 121 – 200 g
  • 201 – 350 g
  • 351 – 500 g
  • 501 – 800 g
  • 801 – 1 200 g
  • 1 201 – 1 800 g
  • 1 800+ g

Sole

Fresh and frozen sole (Austroglossus Pectoralis) is available whole (gutted with head and tail) or filleted (headless, tailless and gutted).

Whole sole units are quick blast frozen and filleted units are either quick blast frozen or plate frozen. All sole is finger laid in layers and packed into 5 kg cartons.

Whole units are packed according to their size:

  • 1 – 170 g
  • 171 – 200 g
  • 201 – 250 g
  • 251+ g

Filleted units are packed according to the following sizes:

  • 1 – 59 g
  • 60 – 99 g
  • 100 – 129 g
  • 130 – 170 g
  • 171 – 200 g
  • 201+ g

Pioneer Fishing harvests 35 metric tons (77 000 lb) of sole per year.

Red-spotted tongue fish

The red-spotted tongue fish (Cynoglossus Zanzibarensis), also known as lemon sole, is available whole with head and tail (gutted) and filleted (headless, tailless and gutted). The whole fish are quick blast frozen and the filleted fish are either quick blast frozen or plate frozen.

Whole units are packed according to their size:

  • 1 – 170 g
  • 171 – 200 g
  • 201 – 250 g
  • 251+ g

Filleted units are packed according to the following sizes:

  • 1 – 59 g
  • 60 – 99 g
  • 100 – 129 g
  • 130 + g

Pioneer Fishing harvests 35 metric tons (77 000 lb) of red-spotted tongue fish per year.

Mackerel

Mackerel (Scomber Japonicus) is available whole (with head and tail). It is quick blast frozen and packed head to tail according to size in centimetres into cartons of about 15 kg.

The following sizes are available:

Kingklip

Kingklip (Genypterus Capensis) is available whole (headless and gutted). The fish are quick blast frozen and individually wrapped. It is then packed according to their sizes into cartons of more or less 15 kg.

These sizes are:

  • 1 – 349 g
  • 350 – 500 g
  • 501 – 1 000 g
  • 1 001 – 1 500 g
  • 1 501 – 2 000 g
  • 2 000+ g

Monkfish

Monkfish (Lophius Upsicephalus) is available whole (headless and gutted). Monkfish are quick blast frozen, individually wrapped and finger laid into cartons of about 15 kg.

The fish are packed according to size:

  • 1 – 250 g
  • 251 – 500 g
  • 501 – 1 000 g
  • 1 001 – 2 000 g
  • 2 000+ g

About 2,5 metric tons (5 500 lb) of monkfish are caught yearly by the Pioneer Fishing group.

Red fish

Red fish (Pterogymnus Laniarius) is available whole with head and tail (gutted) and is quick blast frozen. The units are finger laid into cartons of about 15 kg in accordance with their size:

  • 1 – 199 g
  • 200 – 300 g
  • 301 – 500 g
  • 500 – 800 g
  • 800+ g

In total, 120 metric tons (264 000 lb) of red fish are harvested by the Pioneer Fishing group every year.

John Dory

John Dory (Zeus Fabur) is available both whole with tail (headed and gutted) and filleted (skinned). The whole fish are blast frozen and packed ungraded into bulk cartons of 15 kg.

Filleted units are blast frozen and finger laid into 5 kg cartons according to the following weight grading:

  • 60 – 100 g (single)
  • 60 – 120 g (married)
  • 100 – 140 g (single)
  • 140 – 200 g (single)
  • 200+ g (single)

The Pioneer Fishing group harvests about 10 metric tons (22 000 lb) of John Dory per year.

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