the fishing industry, fish processing is the processing of
fish and other seafoods delivered by fisheries, which are
the supplier of the fish products industry.
Although the term refers specifically to
fish, in practice it is extended to cover all aquatic organisms
harvested for commercial purposes, whether harvested from
cultured or wild stocks.
The largest fish processing companies have
their own fishing fleets, in addition to independent fisheries.
The products of the industry are usually sold wholesale to
grocery chains or to intermediaries.
Fish processing may be subdivided into two
major categories: fish
is initial processing
of raw fish) and fish products manufacturing.
Another natural subdivision is into primary
processing involved in the filleting and freezing of fresh
fish for onward distribution to fresh fish retail and catering
outlets, and the secondary processing that produces chilled,
frozen and canned products for the retail and catering trades.
Fish processing can take place aboard fishing
and fish processing vessels, and at fish
Fish handling operations