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Sapmer Opens New Tuna Processing Plant

Major French fishing company, Sapmer, has opened a new tuna processing plant in Port Louis, Mauritius. ‘Indian Ocean Tuna Processing Services Limited’ will increase Sapmer’s total annual tuna production capacity to 30,000 tons.

The unit, with a total area of 5023 square meters includes offices and a ‘fish processing’ area making up 2500 square meters. Around 21,000 tons of raw tuna will be processed per year.

Sapmer already operates a fish production plant in Port Louis which has been in existence since 2008. ‘Factory Sea Mascarene’ has a processing capacity of 9,000 tons of tuna per year and a storage capacity of 1,800 tons at -40°C.

Yannick Lauri, CEO of Sapmer said: “With these two plants, Sapmer group will annually process 30,000 tons of raw tuna in Mautitius. The main export countries are Asia, Japan and those in Europe, among others.”

Lauri also highlighted that this year Sapmer increased its tuna fleet to seven ships, with the addition of the first tuna seiner flying the Mauritian flag of ‘Belle Rive’.

As well as raw tuna caught in the Indian Ocean, fishing activity for Sapmer also includes the sale of toothfish and lobsters. On land, its operations are mainly focused on the treatment and recovery of fishery products.

The company’s turnover in 2012 totaled USD 93.1 million.