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Harbour Fish is a family-owned and operated seafood business based in Dunedin, New Zealand. We are involved in the harvest, processing and sale of all of our fresh product to ensure the seafood we deliver is of the highest possible quality.
Our fresh product is caught between Timaru and Bluff by small in-shore fishing boats, most of whom have worked with us since we started out 10+ years ago. They are typically owner-operated, and many – particularly our iwi fishermen who catch Ngai Tahu allocated quota - are run by second, third or even fourth generation fishermen. Our fish is caught to pre-existing orders or known demand, to ensure our fishermen catch only what we need, and that minimal fish is wasted. Fish spends as little time as possible on deck before being iced, refrigerated and delivered to our factory for processing, often within a matter of hours. We work with our fishermen to ensure best practice care standards are met, and reward them for delivering us the freshest catch possible. In many cases, customers can receive our fish within 24 – 48 hours of it being landed at sea.
New Zealand is considered a world leader in fisheries management. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is the architect and regulator of our quota system. The system is reviewed annually and catch limits for New Zealand set by species and region to ensure the long-term sustainability of our fishery. As a company we are committed to ensuring we can continue to catch and enjoy what our ocean offers for many future generations. We believe in eating a little of all of the fish species on offer, rather than a lot of a few of them. We want our customers to step out of their comfort zones and try something new, which is while you’ll often find us championing lesser known and eaten species (they’re delicious, we promise!). From our Ministry of Primary Industries accredited (PH51) processing plant, we supply our retail stores in Dunedin and Queenstown, service a large number of restaurant and wholesale accounts nationally, and export fresh and frozen product internationally.
We are passionate about the industry and always happy to field any fishy questions you might have.