Clearwater Seafoods and Glaciar Pesquera SA recently added a newly designed, state-of-the-art factory vessel to their Argentine scallop fleet, replacing and retiring one of two existing vessels.
The Capesante—Italian for “scallop”—joins the company’s Argentine fleet based in the port of Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world. The vessel was originally built in Spain in 2002, and has been completely renovated. Now measuring 52 meters long and 12 meters wide, it includes a new, larger fresh-frozen processing plant. The vessel sails year-round in the waters at the edge of the Continental Shelf, up to 200 miles off the Argentine coast.
Products harvested from this vessel will be sold internationally, primarily to the North American, European, and Australian markets. The small and delicate, wild Argentine or Patagonian scallops, as they are known in some markets, are shucked, cleaned, and individually quick-frozen within 30 minutes of harvesting at sea, onboard the company’s factory vessels.
“We’re extremely pleased to have the Capesante in our fleet,” said Eduardo Santiago Gonzalez Lemmi, president and partner at Glaciar Pesquera SA. “This larger, more efficient vessel allows us to produce the highest-quality Argentine scallops, and includes better accommodations for our experienced and dedicated crews.”
The Capesante, as well as the second vessel in Clearwater’s Argentine scallop fleet, the Atlantic Surf III, are part of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified fishery. The Patagonian scallop fishery was recertified by the MSC in 2012 due in part to the Argentine Federal Fishery Council’s conservation management practices. In late December 2014, the Argentine Federal Fishery Council allocated Glaciar Pesquera a Patagonian Scallop Fishery Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) for 45% of the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) over the next 15 years.
“This marks a period of record investment at Clearwater,” said Ian Smith, chief executive officer, Clearwater. “The Capasante’s industry-leading innovative harvesting and processing technology supports our commitment to delivering the highest-quality wild-caught seafood to our customers around the world.”
Clearwater (TSX:CLR) is one of North America’s largest vertically integrated seafood companies with more than 1,400 employees worldwide. The Nova Scotia-based company operates from ‘ocean to plate,’ owning its own fishing quotas, vessels, and processing facilities while also providing delivery to customers worldwide.
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