Fishing is an industry that dates back to before modern times making it one of the oldest ‘jobs’ in history but the techniques and methods have changed over the years due to technology along with supply and demand factors. The ‘get as much as you can’ mentality with net fishing has been used by fishermen to gather in as big a haul as possible so they could have more to sell at the market but the effect this has on the fish population and sustainability has only been studied in recent times.
Net fishing is a great way to get in a large school of fish but it is indiscriminate on type, size, age and viability of the product caught which means that it is less about intention and more about bulk. The top fresh seafood wholesale suppliers have taken a different approach and use what is called ‘one-by-one’ fishing which incorporates one or more of several methods where only the desired product is caught and brought in.
Pole and line fishing is a popular technique that is highly used in the Maldives by one of the top fresh wholesale suppliers in the industry. Every tuna that is caught is done so with bait and a single fishing pole so that no other sea life is entangled, harmed or removed from its environment. This also allows the fishermen to throw baby tuna back into the ocean so that the overall population is kept intact thereby securing the sustainability of their industry and the supply. Hand line and troll tuna fishing are some other methods categorized under the one-by-one technique although they work slightly different. As the fish are hauled into the boat they are stored in specialized containers to keep them at a desirable temperature until the boat comes into dock and then transported to the warehouse by refrigerated trucks. This symbiotic relationship between the fishery and the fishing community ensures that the tuna is kept fresh throughout the process until it is delivered to the supermarket, restaurant or seafood market customer. The pole and line technique has been used for generations with successful results in the Maldives to the extent that the fishery has won multiple awards for their eco-friendly measures, quality controls and sustainable methods in partnership with the local community.
When looking for the top fresh wholesale supplier it shouldn’t be about who can deliver the most product but who can deliver the best product on a regular schedule so that individuals coming into your location always find what they are looking for. Check out the fishery’s methods and business practices and see if they are a one-by-one fishery and what type of recognition they have received for this approach. While bulk fishing might appear to deliver more, it can adversely affect the fish population and run out of supply which means that you have to take your ‘demand’ somewhere else. Why not start with the best and never have to worry about this while getting the best level of quality in the product.
If you want to contact wholesale seafood suppliers, contact Ensis Fisheries.