Elafood Group is a leading player in the European import, distribution and
marketing of fresh fish. The Group operates through four marketing branches and
one branch to manage the company health support services and import
documentation required for North American product (the main area of supply).
— USA / Boston —
— USA / Maine —
The management of the U.S. Scallop
Fishery is among the best in the world.
Restriction of size and harvest location
is strictly monitored and enforced.
Scallop meats are “shucked” on board
the vessel. Proper handling & storage
are critical to preserving quality. Bay
St. Georges scallops are sourced from
only the last 3 days of any trip
While some companies own numerous
boats, crews have a financial interest
in every trip. Prices are determined by
auctio, after boats arrive in port.
ELAFOOD : A European leader
11 000 T
THE LOBSTER MARKET
The North Atlantic lobster
industry involves many small
independent fishermen who
get their bait, fuel, and ice from
many small scale wharfs.
Baited traps are set
along the coast and
offshore, which are
“pulled” in 2-4 day
“sets” to harvest the
legal sized animals.
As they return to shore, the
fishermen grade and band the
catch for delivery to the same
wharfs from which they departed.
These wharfs collect the catch of
many boats, hold them overnight
in their tanks, and then sell them
to Distributors for further grading
and packing for distribution by air
or truck to domestic and inter-
Holding & Packing Lobster
Technology is playing an ever more
important role in reducing mortality
and improving the quality of lobster
the industry handles. Sophisticated
systems condition water & reduce
handling, preparing the animals to
survive the stress of transport.
Pump systems move system water
through a series of mechanical and
biological filters to strip nitrogenous
compounds. Heat exchangers chill
system water (to slow metabolism)
& pumps inject oxygen, optimizing
New packaging has been developed
to reduce stress during transit. But,
in the end, the most important factor
is the experience of the individuals
selecting and packing the animals.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
The system works by simple pressure treatment.
Water is pressurized by hydricks and sent to the main tank
where the lobsters are held. The high pressure in the tank causes
the meat to separate from the shell.
Consolidation & Logistics
ELAFOOD maintains a network of
suppliers along the Northeastern
coast of No. America, from Nova
Scotia to New York, supplying a
variety of live and fresh seafood
Elafood works closely with Ocean
Air Logistics to ensure efficient &
cost effective consoldation of all
items, from all suppliers, into
unified con- signments. Ocean Air
maintains a HACCP certified
warehouse with modern and
spacious refrigerated storage,
close to Boston air cargo facilities
& the interstate highway system,
connecting to other inter- national
airports from Philadelphia to
ELAFOOD export trade, involving
more than 2,500 tons per year,
enjoys priority status in allocation
of “Lift” with the major carriers.
Coupled with AIR FRANCE ability
to source and deliver “last minute”
orders, this adds up to the highest
level of logistics services.
Ocean Air Logistics