Orkney Fishermen's Society

Orkney's state-of-the-art shellfish processors

Established in 1953, Orkney Fishermen’s Society has grown to become a significant exporter of live shellfish and one of the foremost processors of brown crab in the UK. Still a co-operative owned largely by inshore fishermen, the Society handles the largest share of Orkney’s lobster, velvet and brown crab catches. Fishermen members supply prime shellfish from the main Orkney ports of Stromness, Tingwall and Kirkwall, as well as the islands of Westray, Sanday, Stronsay, Rousay and Hoy.

The focus of a recently completed expansion and modernisation programme, the OFS factory in Stromness can now process up to 60 tons of live crab per week to meet growing demand for this healthy product in UK retail and export markets.

All crab processed at the plant is caught in Orkney waters by local creel fishermen using traditional methods. Sustainability is of very high priority for the OFS, with the cooperative leading research initiatives and tagging trials aimed at ensuring local shellfish stocks remain healthy and protected for future generations of local fishermen.

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