1918A NEW BEGINNING
It all started in 1918. The Oceana Group originated in the fishing town of Lambert’s Bay in the West Coast and was originally known as Lambert’s Bay Canning Company Ltd.
The factory began canning Cape crawfish or ‘kreef’ for export to France. It posted fair profits from the start and by 1927, 500 people were fully dependent on the company for their livelihood.
1947EARLY MODERNISATION AND CONSOLIDATION
Lambert’s Bay Canning Company Ltd installed the country’s most modern fish reduction plant for fishmeal and fish oil production. The plant had a rated capacity of 10 tonnes of raw fish per hour. Five small rock lobster processing companies in Cape Town and Hout Bay merged to form South African Sea Products, one of which was the Hout Bay Canning Company (1920) Ltd. Their pooled quotas resulted in South African Sea Products holding the largest rock lobster quota in the country.
1957AMALGAMATION OF OPERATIONS
The organisation united five of South Africa’s biggest fishing companies’ in 1957, which was hailed as an industry triumph.
1972COLD STORAGE EXPANSION
In the latter part of 1972, Blue Continent Products finished construction of the cold storage facilities at Paarden Eiland, Western Cape.
2003A R72 MILLION INVESTMENT
Oceana invested in the midwater trawler Desert Diamond for the South African horse mackerel fishery.
2006THE OCEANA EMPOWERMENT TRUST
The Trust, which was intended to benefit current and future black employees, was established and launched in Cape Town on 20 November 2006.
2009CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF CONSISTENCY, QUALITY AND TRUST
2009 saw Lucky Star celebrate its 50 year anniversary as a truly iconic South African brand.
Oceana Group expanded its international operations by acquiring US-based fishing company, Daybrook.
The acquisition made ripples in the international fishing industry in 2015. In effect the Oceana Group had announced itself on the global stage as a serious player in the sector. The investment represented around 40% of Oceana's market capitalisation at the time, and we saw it as a critical component of our commitment to securing long-term opportunities for value creation and growth.
•Oceana Group celebrates 100 years as Africa's most efficient converter of global fishing resources into shared value.
•Oceana invests in breakthrough water technology and launches desalination plants at Amawandle Pelagic and Lucky Star: St Helena Bay, thereby providing job security to over 2 000 employees.
•Oceana introduces a leading Enterprise Resource Planning system - Project Phoenix: Taking us to new heights.