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We’re Back!

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Kirkella & Co March On!

After the difficulty of Brexit and a pandemic that had us riding waves of unpredictability, Collins Seafoods are very pleased to announce that our flagship vessel Kirkella is back out fishing! The 4,000-tonne super trawler is currently sailing the Barents Sea, joined by our very own Santa Princesa, Baldvin and Blaengur. We will soon see the return of all four impressive vessels, as they are due to land towards the end of March, ready to provide the country with the finest MSC-approved Frozen at Sea fish.


Now with an agreement on quota in place, the Kirkella has been given the green light to return to fishing and bring back the highest quality cod and haddock from the ice-cold waters. 

The Kirkella is the only factory trawler registered in the UK, and it is responsible for catching a significant quantity of all the fish sold in UK fish and chip shops. Returning to the seas means product availability will improve and with the current worldwide demand for fish rising, we think it’s great timing to have it back at sea! We hope this will help build a consistent and sustainable market, and after the extremely tough, uncertain times of the pandemic, everybody needs a good plate of fish and chips!


So what else is new?

Back in 2021, we were proud to open Collins Seafoods Ireland Limited. Our aim is to provide customers in the North and South of Ireland with fantastic products and service as Ireland returns to normal trading post-pandemic. 

We can also announce that Managing Director Richard Collins is retiring this month after an outstanding 42 years in the business, which saw Richard establish Collins Seafoods as the market leader in Frozen at Sea fish. We are sad to see Richard go as he has been at the very core of the business, but he will still play a part in the growth of Collins Seafoods; we will continue to follow the ethos he has built, and the morals and values will remain the same as they have since he started the business back in 1980. Richard has worked hard to bring a professional, honest and reliable service to customers all over the UK and Ireland and we aim to continue this going forward. Sales Manager Craig English will take on Richard’s role, and he is looking forward to continuing the growth and success the company has enjoyed under Richard’s stewardship. 


Austen Dack Chippy Chat Editor says “It is great news Kirkella is back out where it belongs and almost back with some much needed stock!

We have known Richard for a long time now, he has done a remarkable job at Collins. I am sure he will be missed sorely by the whole industry; we wish him well. Good Luck Craig from us all!

Collins Seafoods North East

Unit 2, Park 2000, Millennium Way, Heighington Lane Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6AR

Tel: 01325 315544

Collins Seafoods Yorkshire

Unit 2, Felnex Crescent, Cross Green Industrial Estate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 0SN

Tel: 0113 249 8832


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