Our Hake (Merluccius spp) is supplied by carefully vetted partners worldwide, predominantly from North and South America. Each load is checked by BSP approved independent inspectors to ensure the highest quality product.
Hake (Merluccius spp)
|Common Hake Sizes
Characteristically the meat is white and flakey.
The product is packed HG (headed and gutted) or HGT (headed, gutted and tailed) and is either sea frozen or land frozen.
The Hake comes in nett weight and random weight cartons. The cartons vary from 10kg to 25kg.
The imported product is stored either at our cold storage facility in Port Elizabeth or our partner cold stores in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban for delivery all over South Africa.
South American Hake
Vessels are allowed to operate 11 months per year. Each vessel has to take a compulsory 1 month break. This is normally during December and January.
The Argentinian waters are also divided into zones. The North and South zones are divided at 41° in line with the town, Viedma. Each zone has a quota that is allowed to be caught per year. The North zone is shared by Argentina and Uruguay while only Argentinian vessels are allowed in the South zone. These zones are part of continuous efforts by the Argentinian authorities to protect the resource.
Although some hake is caught between February and June the vessels mainly focus on Illex Squid in the first half of the year, and then catch their hake quotas between July and December.
North American Hake
Season starts 15 May and closes end October.