New smokery opens at Milford Fish Docks

Dragon Fish is opening its new smokery in brand new premises at Milford Fish Docks in Wales later this month, and for the first time in decades fresh fish landed in Milford Haven will be smoked commercially on the docks.

The company is the first tenant in the brand new purpose-built fish processing units. The project has been supported by the European Fisheries Fund through the Welsh Government and the development is part of a scheme to revitalise the seafood industry locally. Dragon Fish will be hot smoking fish including herring, mackerel and haddock using a traditional kiln that burns oak chips.

The Natural Resources Minister, Carl Sargeant, AM, said, “We welcome initiatives like this that revive important local industries and add value to local food.”

Milford Haven is already Wales’ largest fishing port. However for the Port of Milford Haven the arrival of the smokery is an important moment in the project to encourage the return of large scale local processing of fish landed here.

“In their heyday the docks processed and auctioned thousands of tonnes of fish and shellfish each year, all packed and shipped on trains up to London,” said Clare Stowell, manager of Quayside Properties. “The town was known as the place fish comes from. We want to strengthen those ties between fishing and the local economy once again by getting businesses like Dragon Fish to add value to catches right here on the docks. With businesses like this and greater demand for locally landed seafood come more jobs and more investment in the town’s economy.”

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