Consortium Fisheries Ltd was incorporated in 1968, and is a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies, whose beneficial control is vested in Namibian citizens. Consortium Fisheries directs, administers and executes its entire fishing operation from the Port of Walvis Bay.
The company continued to consolidate its position as a recognised operator in the fishing industry, growing from strength to strength through the skilful reinvestment of proceeds from its fishing operations into its own economic activities and the Namibian economy at large.
In the 1990s and leading up to 1997, Consortium Fisheries increased its operational base – Foodcon (Pty) Ltd and Consortium Evisa Fisheries (Pty) Ltd – and eventually acquired the entire shareholding of its Danish joint venture partner in Foodcon, thereby gaining control of that company.
During July 1997, the shareholders of Consortium Fisheries Ltd entered into a joint venture with the partners of Kuiseb Fish Products Ltd, namely Naras Investment (Pty) Ltd and Irvin & Johnson Ltd. This alliance between Foodcon and Kuiseb, two major players in the fishing industry, was created by the need of both organisations to overcome operational and financial difficulties arising from uneconomic hake quota allocations and fluctuating catch rates in the preceding years. A new operating company, Hangana Seafood (Pty) Ltd, emerged from this alliance. In 2004, the Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies acquired the shareholding of Naras Investments and Irvin & Johnson, resulting in the operations now being fully Namibian-owned.
Hangana Seafood (Pty) Ltd, the operating company for the white hake quota holders Consortium Fisheries Ltd and Kuiseb, is committed to a leadership role in the Namibian fishing industry. To achieve and maintain this position we subscribe to the highest service standards for a cost-effective and efficient operation.
Hangana’s wet-fish fleet consists of eight Hangana owned vessels, which focus on and are committed to responsible and sustainable fishing in Namibian waters.
Hangana Seafood operates a technologically advanced wet fish factory that includes state of the art equipment and software. The land-based factory, with a capacity of between 55 t and 70 t throughput of hake per day – depending on size and product mix – secures employment for approximately 1,200 people, inclusive of all the land-based staff.
Hangana explores foreign markets on an ongoing basis, and owes its remarkable market growth in white fish exports to pre-planned and focused market research. Hangana is recognised globally, especially in Europe, as being associated with consistent quality. This status was achieved in a remarkably brief period, in highly competitive and sensitive markets.
Hangana Seafood’s land-frozen products are mainly exported to Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the SADC region.