Balobi Fishing

The Balobi Group of Companies is an integrated Fishing Group based in Port St Francis. They process, package and export squid, hake and pilchards. Line fish is presently sold to the local market but Balobi is in the process of getting accreditation to export to the European Union and other countries. The Group’s fish packing and processing facility is in close proximity to the fishing waters where the finest quality fish on offer in the market place is caught. Fish is offloaded either fresh or sea frozen, then processed and packaged according to their client’s needs. Freshly caught long line hake is sent on a 36 hour journey by truck and airplane mostly to Spain. Sea and land frozen squid is sold to all the Mediterranean countries and land frozen finger laid pilchard bait is sold to the tuna long line fleet operating in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The Balobi Group founder, Anton Viljoen, started commercial fishing on a small scale with his own ski and deck boats in the early 1980s. Since then the Balobi Group has developed into a well established group of companies. Contact person: Mark Rowe Contact phone number: 042 2940 148 Email: mark@balobi.com Website:...

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Frontline Seafood Traders

Frontline Seafood Traders was formed to market product caught by the well known Christy family’s affiliated boats and specialises in the export of frozen Squid and fresh Hake to the European markets. They have been exporting to Europe for the past 15 years. Their offices are based at Port St Francis. Contact person: Debbie Chrsty Contact phone number: 042 – 2940977 Email address:...

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Komicx Products (Pty) Ltd

Komicx Enterprises, with its head office in Cape Town, has a long standing relationship with the fishing industry. The company have four chokka boats working from Port St Francis, Aranda, Jack Robyn, Sikelela (Joint Venture partnership with DMA Fishing) and Striker, all catching and processing squid. The squid is off loaded in exported to clients in the European Union. Contact person: Karen Humby Contact phone number: 042 294-0432 Email address: info@komicx.com Website link:...

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DMA Fishing

DMA Fishing mainly export hake to Spain and squid is sold to all the Mediterranean countries. Pilchard is sold and exported as bait. One of the founders of DMA Fishing, Don Christy, was a legend in his own right. Early in 1983 Don and his son Mark landed a catch of chokka in Plettenberg Bay with the intention to sell it as bait. They met a fish exporter Andrew Kaye, who knew that this fish was sold as a high-priced delicacy in European food markets. Don and a few others were soon exploring potential export markets for South African squid, and the multi-million industry as we know it today was born. The center of the fishing grounds is off St Francis Bay. Mark was joined by his brother Greg and the business now is involved in the catching, packing and processing of not only squid, but hake and pilchards. Their factory, D Christy and Sons, is based in Humansdorp. Contact person: Greg Christy Contact phone number: 042 2941977 Email address:...

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Commercial Marine

Situated in the Port Hole Building with convenient access from the main parking area, Commercial Marine is specialising in fishing and marine equipment and supplies. The recreational fisherman will find a full range of fishing tackle and the store stocks everything needed in the commercial fishing industry. Contact:  042 294 1957.

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Skippers Marine

Conveniently situated on the quay is Skipper’s Marine, specialising in marine equipment and supplies. Hook, line and sinker, a full range of fishing tackle (including bait) is awaiting fishermen for their journey to sea, and commercial fishermen will find anything and everything from gumboots and freezer suits to cleaning materials and food stuffs at Skipper’s Marine. The hardware section also specialises in commercial fishing needs, and stocks from anchor cables and buckets to jigs and gloves. An experience for the new visitor to Port St Francis! Contact: Hester Colananni Cell: 082 977 2062 Email:...

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