Havfisk ASA currently consists of Nordland Havfiske, Finnmark Havfiske and Hammerfest Industrifiske.
Nordland Havfiske AS consists of the former companies, Havfisk AS from Melbu and Lofoten Trålerrederi AS from Stamsund. These companies were merged in 2006 under the name of Nordland Havfiske AS. This fishing company currently owns and operates four trawlers, which include two freezer trawlers, one fresh fish trawler with freezer capacity and one fresh fish trawler. This company has 12 cod licences and 4 prawn licences Havfisk AS was bought out in 1996 by Norway Seafoods AS, now Aker Seafoods ASA. Havfisk AS was set up in 1953 and was owned by Melbu Fiskeindustri from 1980 onwards. Lofoten Trålerrederi AS was set up in 1962 by several local industrial companies, the largest of which was Aker Seafoods J. M. Johansen AS, all the municipalities in Lofoten except Værøy and Rølst and several other major investors.
FINNMARK HAVFISKE AS
This company was set up in 2006 after Aker Seafoods acquired West Fish-Aarsæther AS. The numerous fishing companies involved in West Fish-Aarsæther AS, which operated a total of approx. 11 cod licences divided between several vessels, were merged in 2006. After comprehensive re-structuring, this company's fleet currently consists of four trawlers, which include one freezer trawler, two fresh fish trawlers with freezer capacity and one fresh fish trawler.
HAMMERFEST INDUSTRIFISKE AS
This company owns and operates the trawlers "Rypefjord" and "Doggi" and has 6 cod licences. Both the company's vessels are fresh fish trawlers with freezer capacity.
Hammerfest Industrifiske AS was founded in 1953. The "Dunsby" steam trawler was purchased from England and re-christened "Findus 1". In 1954 the "Findus 1" was rebuilt and its name was changed to "Skaidi". Another three trawlers were purchased from England and given the names "Rairo", "Gargia" and "Masi". In 1966 the company took delivery of its first stern trawler, the "Håja".
Between 1970 and 1973 the company pursued a rebuilding programme and it acquired its current name. The "Gargia", "Rairo" and "Jergul were completely rebuilt and upgraded in 1989, 1996 and 1997.
In 2007 the company purchased the "Doggi" (ex. Soløyvåg) in order to replace the "Jergul". The "Jergul" was then sold. In 2009 the "Nordfjordtrål" was purchased to replace the "Gargia".
THE TRAWLING INDUSTRY AND SEA FISHING HAVE LONG-STANDING TRADITIONS
1930 The first steam trawler in Norway.
1950 The Act relating to the Ownership of Fishing Vessels stipulated that only active fishermen could own vessels. This Act was rapidly subjected to pressure.
1951 Amendment of the Act relating to the Ownership of Fishing Vessels. People and companies with connections to the industry are provided with the opportunity to obtain licences for owning boats.
1951 Fillet production starts in Hammerfest - the forerunner of Findus. Owned by Freia (the brothers, Throne-Holst and B. Heide, from Kristiansund). The basic raw materials were supplied primarily by trawlers owned by other fishermen making deliveries to Hammerfest.
1953 Havfisk AS was set up in Melbu. Invested in freezing in the 1970s and only had freezer trawlers in 2001.
1953 Hammerfest Havfiske A/L was set up in Hammerfest. This fishing company mainly operated fresh fish trawlers. The first trawler, "Findus 1", was purchased. The majority of the shares were owned by the skipper and another fisherman. The name of this vessel was changed in 1954 to "Skaidi".
1956 Further amendment of the Act relating to the Ownership of Fishing Vessels. "Other companies in which fishermen together with municipalities and/or fisheries production companies own the majority of the stakes can, under certain circumstances, obtain licences to purchase and operate fishing vessels, provided that such is justified by financial and other important considerations."
Hammerfest Havfiske A/L purchases three second-hand trawlers from England. Several other trawlers are also hired (under charter agreements) in order to cover Findus' requirements for raw materials.
1959/1960 A/S Melbutrål is founded. Owner of "Hekktind», Norway's first stern trawler (delivered in 1961).
1962 Nestlé takes over the ownership of Findus in Hammerfest.
1962 Lofoten Trålreder set up by several local industrial companies, the largest of which was J.M Johansen, along with several municipalities in Lofoten.
This company only engaged in fresh fish trawling until 1995 when K. Arctander joined the fleet. The whole of this company was incorporated into Havfisk ASA (formerly Aker Seafoods) in 2006.
1966 Brødrene Aarsæther (the Aarsæther brothers) become joint owners of their first trawler, the «Båtsfjord I». The «Vadsøtrål» was procured in 1967, and this was followed by a number of other trawlers from the middle of the 1970s onwards. A total of seven new trawlers were acquired between 1971 and 1976. They were all fresh fish trawlers (the Vadsøjenta had freezer capacity). During the periods when coastal fishing was taking place, the trawlers had to make deliveries elsewhere, preferably in southern Norway (they were directed by Råfisklaget (the Norwegian Raw Fish Association)). For a while fishing and deliveries were also carried out in Greenland for the same reason. At that time there were no written commitments or conditions attached to the licences. The only thing which concerned the authorities and which was notified to the fishing companies was that they should not get too close to the coastal fishing fleet.
1970-1973 Hammerfest Industrifiske acquired 9 trawlers.
1973 First attempt at round freezing by Havfisk AS.
1976 Introduction of fishing quotas for trawlers.
1984 Melbu starts phasing out its fresh fish trawlers in favour of round freezer trawlers. This development continues until 2001 when the last fresh fish trawler is phased out. «Nordtind», the current «Stamsund», are sold to Lofoten Trålrederi.
At the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s the industry was in crisis and facing major challenges in respect of both resources and the market. Towards the end of the 1980s the outlook improved and the Kongsfjord was built. In 1987 the Kongsfjord (a factory trawler) was delivered. During the period 1996-1998 Brødrene Aarsæther purchased two small trawlers with quotas (Laksefjord and Skøtningberg). The new Båtsfjord was delivered in 1999.
OUR RECENT HISTORY
1994 Norway Seafoods AS was set up. Skaarfish Group AS was the first company to be acquired in Norway.
1996 Acquisition of Foodmark, a Danish parent company, which included the Thorfisk and Thorfisk Trading subsidiaries.
1996-2004 Important acquisitions in Norway which strengthened the fleet and processing capacity.
2005 Name changed to Aker Seafoods. Listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Acquisition of West Fish-Aarsæther AS and Nordic Sea Holding AS.
2008-2009 Acquisition of the French seafood company, Viviers de France.
2010 Norway Seafoods was re-established as the company's processing and sales company.
2011 Decision to separate Norway Seafoods and Aker Seafoods, with separate ownership and management. This change was implemented in January 2012.
2013 Decision to change the company's name from Aker Seafoods ASA to Havfisk ASA.
Aker Seafoods J.M. Johansen AS
All the operations of Aker Seafoods J.M. Johansen AS are carried out in Stamsund in Lofoten. This company was set up in 1876 and it was Norway's largest stock fish producer and exporter right up until the 1980s. The company is currently 100% owned by Havfisk (formerly Aker Seafoods), and following major investments this facility is now a modern filleting plant with the very latest of production equipment. This facility is rented out to Norway Seafoods which is responsible for operations.
Aker Seafoods Melbu AS
The entire operations of Aker Seafoods J.M. Johansen AS are located in Melbu in Vesterålen. This company was set up in 1963 by private investors after it was taken over from the state. The facility was used during the Second World War when it became one of Norway's most modern facilities. Development of the port in Melbu was completed in 2008 with a new sailing channel. Havfisk (formerly Aker Seafoods) joined forces with other local companies in Melbu, the municipal authorities, the port authority and the government to help realise this project. The port is well situated for calmer, safer access and it is a stable port, even in difficult weather conditions. The port is also able to accommodate larger vessels. Today the company is 100% owned by Havfisk (formerly Aker Seafoods ASA), and following major investments on both buildings and production equipment in 2002 this facility has become modern and efficient. This facility is rented out to Norway Seafoods which is responsible for operations.
Aker Seafoods Finnmark AS
This company was taken over on 1 February 2001 after having been owned by Nestlé and Findus since 1952. A new NOK 150 million factory facility was opened on 19 September 2002. Production is based on fresh, ice-packed raw materials. Aker Seafoods Finnmark also owns a facility/reception centre in Skarsvåg. This facility is rented out to Norway Seafoods which is responsible for operations.
Aker Seafoods Båtsfjord AS
This facility was set up by Brødrene Aarsæther in 1949, and it has been modernised several times over the years. In 2005 it was taken over by Havfisk (formerly Aker Seafoods) and it is currently a modern producer of filleted and salted cod. The company is located on Holmen in Båtsfjord. It has a good, natural port, and it purchases fresh fish from coastal vessels and from both the domestic and foreign fleets. Fish is also landed from trawlers belonging to Finnmark Havfiske AS, which is owned by Havfisk. Aker Seafoods Båtsfjord also owns a facility/reception centre in Vadsø. This facility is rented out to Norway Seafoods which is responsible for operations.
Aker Seafoods Nordkyn AS
This company is based in both Kjøllefjord and Mehamn. The Kjøllefjord facility was set up by Brødrene Aarsæther during the early 1900s when the production of cod liver oil and dry fish were key operations. The present-day factory was built during the 1970s. Crabs and salted cod are produced at this factory. In Mehamn a new factory was built in 2001, and this was owned by Nordic Sea Holding. This facility is rented out to Norway Seafoods which is responsible for operations.