Fish for life

The fish caught by the vessels of Parlevliet & Van der Plas is solely intended for human consumption. It is not meant for conversion into fishmeal. 

The pelagic fish is mainly sent to markets outside Europe. Our (pelagic) fish is affordable and healthy and is therefore a valuable component to the everyday diet of people in countries with a low average income.


Our main markets are Africa (Western Africa and Central Africa) and the Middle East (predominantly Egypt). The fish we catch in the waters of Mauritania and Morocco in Africa remains on the African market, where our fish is considered as affordable and healthy. It contains high-quality proteins, together with high levels of omega 3 fatty acids that are an essential part of a good diet. The catch from the European waters are also exported to Africa. 

Our Dutch herring, prepared in local style, is widely eaten in villages in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. The same goes for our mackerel, which is smoked to a golden colour, and enjoyed by Nigerians, Ghanaians and Ivorians as an essential source of high-quality protein. 

Pelagic fish as a protein supply is an important food in many markets, and as the world’s population grows, so too does the demand for supply. We sell to many different types of customers around the globe, and particularly to frozen food importers, canning factories, processing plants and fish smokers/driers. As an affordable and easily transformable protein resource, pelagic fish is an extraordinary product that is enjoyed by people from all cultures and all religions worldwide. It can be eaten grilled, baked or fried, and sold as a sold whole round, filleted, canned, smoked or dried product. Without doubt, the development of pelagic fish markets is a major success story!