AFA is dedicated to harvesting and processing high-quality product on its fixed-gear vessels. Depending on the fishery, fish are harvested using either gillnets or hook-and line-gear. Product is landed as frozen (turbot) or fresh (Atlantic halibut and cod).
Greenland Halibut (Turbot)
Turbot is usually processed as whole frozen product in headed and gutted (H&G) form. The fish is headed and gutted using a Japanese cut (J-cut) on the vessel and the gut cavity is thoroughly cleaned. Prior to packaging the H&G fish, heads and tails are sorted by size. The product is usually offloaded in Greenland where it is then shipped to Asian markets for sale.
Atlantic halibut are harvested using hook-and-line gear on the Grand Banks. The product is landed head-on, gutted in Nova Scotia where it is then shipped to the US market as fresh product.