Allen's Fisheries Limited processes wild fish that seasonally inhabit Newfoundland and Labrador's clean, cold North Atlantic coastline. Our primary business is focussed on three pelagic species including; mackerel, capelin and herring. We process shellfish such as snow crab, lobster and blue mussels. We also process Greenland halibut, Atlantic halibut, cod, pollock, monkfish, skate- ray, flounder and other ground fish species. These wild fisheries occur between April-November and we have offloading stations located throughout Newfoundland and Labrador which properly store and transport seafood.
The inshore fishery consists of a modern fleet of vessels between 35-65+ feet. The vessels are crewed by professional fishers who have generations of experience in harvesting premium quality seafood. Today's vessels are constructed of steel and fibreglass and have refrigerated storage capacity. All vessels carry an abundant supply of clean ice to quickly chill seafood and maintain storage temperatures. The harvesting takes place in the cold North Atlantic Ocean where water temperatures are normally just above freezing and naturally chilled by glacial icebergs in the Labrador current. The length of fishing trips can vary from a few hours to a few days depending on the specie and fishing location. The industry and government employ a dockside monitoring program to ensure harvesting quality standards are maintained and that all catch is recorded according to the specific quota. The Canadian seafood industry has also adopted a "Catch Certification Program" which is an international fisheries initiative to combat misreported, unregulated and illegal harvesting.