Our Story


Welcome

Welcome to the home of Ireland's most pure and natural shellfish. Located in the large fishing port of Castletownbere in Co. Cork where the wild and rugged landscape of the Atlantic Ocean provides the perfect environment for shellfish of this quality to thrive. These pristine, cold, unpolluted, deep waters produce the finest seafood.

 

Founded in 1987, we are now the leading supplier of sustainable shellfish including crab, shrimp, lobster, and prawns, to the local and international markets. Our ethos is simple: we bring the bounty of Ireland's shellfish to the world in a sustainable manner so that future generations can enjoy this healthy and delicious natural resource.

 

Our Lush Surroundings

Our factory is located in one of the most beautiful and scenic parts of Ireland, Castletownbere in West Cork. A town of about 1,500 people, it is Ireland's leading whitefish port and is second to Sydney, Australia as the safest, natural harbour in the world.

 

Located on the Beara Peninsula, it is surrounded by mountains and sea. Nestled at the foot of the Caha Mountains, the rugged but breathtaking scenery is all around. With these kind of surroundings, it is only fitting that our seafood business is inspired by nature and geared towards it’s sustainability.

 

As Nature Intended

As a company we are truly passionate about nature and the environment and that is why we have invested heavily in our processes and the way we source and handle our seafood. We understand the importance of protecting this unique and precious resource for future generations. Our seafood is processed only when meat and roe content are at their peak and in season. Pot and trap fishing is gentle and ensures no damage to the seabed or the marine environment.

 

Our shellfish are all treated with the same care and dilligence and we continually seek to reduce our carbon footprint within the Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) approved Origin Green Programme. Because of the excellent relationships we form with our local fisherman and suppliers, we can ensure demand is met with supply and still ensure sustainable fishing is at the core of our business.

 

From the Ocean to You

Our fleet of modern boats bring seafood straight from the sea to be swiftly processed, ensuring full traceability, an extraordinary freshness and a daily supply of year round fresh and seasonal seafood. Only boats which are consistently checked, conforming with stringent regulations, are chosen as suppliers to our factory. On arrival at the factory, the shellfish are carefully checked. Only the finest quality, sustainable seafood is selected for Shellfish Ireland.

 

All our shellfish are wild caught, using pots, traps and boats fully accredited with ISO 65. This commitment to natural fishing methods ensures that the shellfish served at your table is of a superior quality with juicy and succulent meat that tastes of the ocean. If you enjoy these fine, fresh and tasty fruits of the sea, we know you are going to love the home of great seafood, Shellfish Ireland.