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Company address

The Pier, Downings,
Letterkenny, Donegal

Channels Supplied:

  • Foodservice
  • Retail
McBride Fishing is a family-run, vertically integrated company based in Downings, Co. Donegal. The company operates three state-of-the-art "Vivier Crabbers" which range in size from 18-26m. These purpose-built vessels are fitted with the latest automated onboard working systems to ensure an efficient crab catching operation.

McBride Fishing is focused on the continuous year-round supply of quality shellfish to European and worldwide markets. It supplies both processed and live crab markets and liaises regularly with customers to ensure that market demands are met.

The boats generally fish grounds off the North and West Coasts of Ireland and the North Sea, bringing in approximately 40 tonnes of crab per week (2,000 + tonnes per year).

McBride Fishing continually strives to develop and improve the business for its crew and customers, while contributing to the development of the fishing industry in Ireland.

Why Us

McBride Fishing is committed to the continued future of crab fishing in Ireland and ensuring sustainable stocks through innovation and dedication to quality.

All of the company's fishing vessels - Amy Jane II, Heather Jane II, and Peadar Elaine II - are certified to the BIM Responsibly Sourced Seafood standard. This ensures that 100% of raw material supplied by McBride Fishing is now certified.

In addition, McBride Fishing is Ireland's leading supplier of live brown crab.

Our product range

Live Brown Crab (Cancer pagurus)

Markets supplied
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • Europe
  • Great Britain
  • North America
Our Accreditations
  • Origin Green Verified
Our Awards

• Winner of the 2018 National Fishing
Enterprise of the Year
• BIM Fishing Enterprise of the Year
(Shortlist) 2016

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