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UK specialist importer of frozen exotic fish & seafood
Oceanwide Seafood - Company Profile

Oceanwide Seafood Ltd is a family run business that started trading in 1999.

As a leading UK specialist importer of frozen Red Snapper, Red Mullet and associated species, we have very close links with our producers in S E Asia giving access to a wide variety of warm water fish and seafood, both sea caught and farmed.

At our Grimsby base we stock a range of frozen products including whole fish, fish fillets & portions and cephalopods and prawns. Please refer to the product range page for full details.

Over the years, we have built close and long term relationships with our producers to ensure that we have continuity of supply and consistent quality, something that has been a key part of our successful development.

In addition to our own “Big Ocean” brand, we are also stockists of the “Smiling Fish” brand from Indonesia and can pack in customer’s own label.

We fully recognise our own responsibilities and the wider issues regarding sustainability and the challenges that it brings. This is always at the forefront of our planning and we work closely with our partners in this area.

Whilst our business was built around the UK market, we have extended this and now trade with several neighbouring European countries and many different types of fish / seafood.

Our considerable experience in this sector of the market means we can source a huge variety of products in addition to those we normally stock. Please therefore contact us about any products you may require which do not appear in the product range section.

» Paul Darnell – Managing Director » Freddy Darnell – Director
Paul Darnell – Managing Director Freddy Darnell – General Manager

Paul established the company in 1999 after breaking away from the multinational Frionor organisiation.

After leaving school, Paul went straight into the frozen food industry with Ross Foods and spent 14 years in their export department gaining invaluable experience in International trade.

This was put to good use as he subsequently set up his own company, Angler Seafoods with ex colleague Steve Kemp and went on to become a successful importer of whitefish before being taken over by Frionor.

Paul enjoys walking in the Yorkshire Dales which usually finishes with a pint or two in a local pub. He also fancies himself as a bit of a chef and particularly enjoys cooking fish and seafood, of course.

Freddy joined the company as the second generation after leaving college in 2007 and concentrated initially on the accounts and administration.

He quickly developed on to the trading side and after a lengthy spell learning about the wide variety of different species we handle, has become an all rounder in the company.

He now handles most of the trading whilst still taking responsibility for the accounting and administration.

Outside work Freddy takes a keen interest in football both as a player and a spectator, enjoys running and attempts the occasional round of golf.