Our processes

The importance of quality products

Customer satisfaction is a core value at Pioneer Fishing and our operations and production processes have been developed and refined to deliver top quality products, from catching the fish to final processing.


Our offloading system uses recirculated water, resulting in less wastewater and decreased effluent. By limiting damage to fish during the offloading process, the quality of our product is enhanced.

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    From boat to fish storage tanks

    Fish is sucked out of the fishing vessel's hold onto a dewatering belt which takes it to a hopper, where it is weighed before being pumped to the fish storage tanks.

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    Drainage on conveyer belts

    The fish slides onto a conveyor belt via a rotating valve. Most water drainage takes place here, before the fish is turned over onto a second conveyor belt for further water drainage.

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    From weighing scale to fish storage tank

    After weighing it goes to the fish storage tanks.

Fishmeal production

Fishmeal is produced by cooking, pressing and drying the raw fish. Once produced, it is transported to the bagging facility where it is put into bags for export. An automatic sampler valve takes a sample for every 1 000 kg fishmeal that goes to the bagging facility. For every batch, a bag of sample fishmeal is collected.

After bag filling the bags are sealed and ink jetted. These bags are packed onto pallets and combined into batches. Each batch represents 62 tonnes of fishmeal, enough for three 20-foot containers when exported.

Fish oil production

Canning process

After canning, the product is tested for quality before being labelled for our various customers. After labelling the cans are then shrink-wrapped into packs of 12 units. The packs are subsequently palletised automatically before being adequately wrapped and prepared for storage. We run 12-hour shifts in the cannery, which produces 10 000 cartons per shift.