About Us

The South African Association of Seafood Importers & Exporters (SAASIE) was founded in 2010 to provide a forum for joint participation and discussion between members on matters of shared interest pertaining to the import, export and /or processing of seafood and related products.

This platform allows for constructive collaboration and discussion between industry, government agencies, regulators and other public or private stakeholders to reduce unnecessary trade barriers in order to promote sustainable growth in the seafood industry. However, no such joint participation or discussion shall ever occur in relation to the pricing of seafood products or other acts of market collaboration.

All members are commercially involved in either the import, export or processing of seafood products in South Africa. The members of SAASIE operate in various industries in the value chain and are either seafood wholesalers, seafood processors, foodservice distributors, restaurants, retailers or commercial fisheries.

SAASIE as an association is sector agnostic and products traded include a wide range of seafood species, including both fresh and frozen products.

Seafood Importers, Exporters & Processing
Seafood Importers, Exporters & Processing
Seafood Importers, Exporters & Processing
Bowl of Seafood on a Table
Bowl of Seafood on a Table
Bowl of Seafood on a Table

Seafood importers and seafood exporters have experienced many challenges in the industry due to unnecessary trade barriers. This, coupled with a volatile trade environment as exchange rates fluctuate, makes for a tricky landscape for South African businesses to operate in. SAASIE’s intention is to work closely with all industry stakeholders to improve the trading landscape for operators in this industry.

The South African Association of Seafood Importers & Exporters (SAASIE) is a non-profit organisation and recognised industrial body as envisaged under Section 8 of the Marine Living Resource Act, 1998 (Act No. 18 of 1998) and represents its members by consulting with government departments as well as private and public entities operating in this sector.

SAASIE is governed by its Constitution which was adopted at its first Annual General Meeting held in 2010.

SAASIE has been involved in many fair-trade matters, the most significant relating to:

SAASIE’s Mission

Represent the industry in interactions with government departments and other forums on initiatives that drive economic growth, whilst promoting sustainable, ethical business practice and fair trade in the South African seafood industry.

SAASIE’s Vision

Promote, protect and enhance the common interest of members commercially involved in the business of importing, exporting and processing of seafood related products in South Africa.

SAASIE interacts with governmental departments as well as other public and private entities on behalf of its members and regularly engages with:

  • Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries (DEFF)
  • National Regulator of Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)
  • Department of Trade & Industry (DTI)
  • South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
  • Economic Development Department (EDD)
  • International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC)
  • Southern African Customs Union (SACU)
  • The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI)
  • South African Revenue Services (SARS)
  • Department of Health (DOH)

Core Objectives

R1398 B

Spent on Investment in the Seafood Industry

4031 MT

Exported From RSA

24989 MT

Imported To RSA


 Black People Employed


People Employed


 Black Women Employed




Seafood Processors


Fish Vessel Owners


Fishing Rights


Our members participate in a global economy through importing and exporting seafood product world-wide.

SAASIE’s Sustainable Seafood Policy

We support global policies and management initiatives that ensure the long-term sustainability of seafood resources. SAASIE is committed to assist in leading the way to preserve the world’s marine resources for future generations.

Global consumption of fish and seafood products is continuously increasing. Seafood resources are fragile and vulnerable, and we, as the South African Association of Seafood Importers and Exporters (SAASIE), recognise the pressure on global wild fish and shellfish populations and the need to protect the environment, establish social and economic sustainability and accountability of the supply chain, of which SAASIE members are an integral part.

SAASIE endeavours to promote the following principles:

  1. To work with supply partners, and maintain an open dialogue with:
    1. Environmental organisations
    2. The fishing industry representative bodies
    3. Government agencies and regulators
    4. The scientific communities to continuously improve the supply of sustainable seafood products to our customers
  2. To ensure that all seafood products are sourced from responsibly managed fisheries where fishing practices and management will ensure fish stocks and marine ecosystems are maintained and protected for future generations
  3. To source and purchase seafood products that offer customers alternatives for items that do not meet the current sustainability criteria
  4. To work closely with seafood suppliers to obtain detailed traceability information that is supplied to customers:
    1. Information for wild capture products which would include species name, country of origin, catch region, fishery name and gear type
    2. Information for farmed / aquaculture products would include species name, country of origin and production method used
Swimming Fish Background Image
Swimming Fish Background Image
Swimming Fish Background Image

A long-term goal is to have – wherever possible – all wild-caught seafood products certified to schemes that comply with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. We recognise that certification is a timely and costly process, and we encourage co-operation with suppliers to facilitate achieving this goal.

We will further endeavour to assist with protecting species identified as being at risk by avoiding the procurement of any supplies from illegal, unregulated and undocumented fisheries (IUU) – and notifying the relevant authorities when we believe fish is being offered from an IUU source. We fully support the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) in this regard, and welcome the various measures that they have introduced, and will be looking to partner with them further in this regard.

We encourage all SAASIE members to ensure that fresh and pre-packed fish is labelled correctly, with key information such as catch method, species name and area of catch, to enable customers to have confidence in making informed choices.

To limit the risk of seafood product substitution in skinless fish fillets, we encourage members to introduce a further monitoring measure with random DNA sampling of imported products, to verify the labelling details.

SAASIE is committed to promoting sustainable seafood options as a fundamental business strategy for all our members.

Sustainability requires commitment from all stakeholders in the supply chain, to ensure that there is continuous development and improvement, therefore enabling both sustainability of the resource as well as economic sustainability of the procurement of seafood products – whether this be for seafood import and/or seafood export.


Executive Committee – 2020

Once a year the members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting. At this meeting the members elect an Executive Committee consisting of a Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and a maximum of 5 additional Members who will serve until the next AGM.

Dean Stacey

Dean Stacey

Nicole Trigg

Nicole Trigg
Vice Chairperson

Robert Zive

Robert Zive
Executive Member

Nickie Kock

Niekie Kock
Executive Member


Luis Figueiredo
Executive Member

Gino Asaro

Gino Asaro
Executive Member



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SAASIE Constitution

The Constitution contains the fundamental principles by which the Association is governed.

Section 8 Industrial Body: Government Gazette

SAASIE is a recognised industrial body as envisaged under Section 8 of the Marine Living Resource Act, 1998 (Act No. 18 of 1998).

Competition Law Disclaimer

Collusion between members is strictly prohibited and SAASIE may not be used as a vehicle to guide market behaviour.

Membership Fees

Membership Fees are agreed annually at the Annual General Meeting.

SAASIE Sustainable Seafood Policy

SAASIE has a sustainable seafood policy to ensure the long-term sustainability of seafood resources.

Annual Financial Statements: 2013-2019

Annual Financial Statements are presented annually at the Annual General Meeting.

Annual Financial Statements: 2013

Annual Financial Statements: 2014 -2019

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Physical Address:

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Postal Address:

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