Best Wild Catch
Since our inception in 1991, Browne Trading has been recognized for its top quality, pristine seafood. Our success has been based upon utilizing the following measures with consistency and pride.
The Quality Starts on the Boats
We hand select only the freshest wild fish landed daily by our local Maine Fishing Fleet and auctioned by lot at the nearby Portland Fish Exchange. We place a large emphasis on dayboat fish caught using low-impact fishing methods with minimal impact on non-targeted species. Our local fleet abides by a SECTOR BASED FISHERIES MANAGEMENT – a sustainable catch program designed to ensure the long term viability of seafood in the Gulf of Maine. Browne Trading has been buying seafood on the waterfront of Maine for over two decades, and we have been working with some of the same boats, scallopers, lobstermen and fishermen for years. We also source the best Gloucester, Massachusetts and nearby Atlantic Canadian catches available to supplement our inventory.
We apply the same standards for those fish landed outside of our New England fishing grounds. Browne Trading primarily buys fish that have been line-caught, not trapped in nets. We give preference to fish brought in on dayboats, and we specify last-day catches for deep water species. Even our overseas buyers purchase dayboat fish under our conditional agreement. A majority of our wild caught European fish is bought dockside in Portugal and France by our committed agents who have been doing business with Browne for years and selects fish to our high quality criteria. These wild fish are fresh, never frozen, and shipped overnight to us in Maine within 24 hours of being caught. They are local to the European North Atlantic and the Mediterranean and are line caught by dayboat fishermen.
With all sources, we place a high premium of the traceability of the catch – from fishing ground, catch method, vessel, where it is landed, and how and when it is transported to our facility.