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Triskell Seafood Ltd secures European distribution deal for Irish-manufactured Marine Hook

Sligo-based shellfish trader Triskell Seafood have secured a valuable deal with a well-known French distributer. Under the deal they will market a line of stainless-steel marine hooks manufactured by Triskell Seafood here in Ireland, alongside their own hooks. The hooks are used primarily by growers to secure oyster grow bags to trestle tables as well as on shrimp pots.

While the hooks have been on sale in Ireland for around 3 years this will be the first time they will be available in France where the industry produces over 125,000 tonnes of oysters annually. The potential market is 12 times that available here in Ireland where BIM estimates annual production of oysters at around 10,000 tonnes.

Getting the distribution deal to this point has taken some time. While Triskell Seafood were confident in their material, previous bad experiences in France with other stainless-steel products made the distributor cautious about signing up. Extensive testing of the hooks took place over 12 months at sites in Brittany and Normandy on the French Coast. The results were extremely positive, “after a hard winter the stainless-steel looked as good as when it first went in the water” says Head of Sales Emmanuel René. The distribution deal was agreed recently and will see the first shipment of hooks leaving Ireland this Autumn.

Company Director Marie-Aude Danguy is delighted with the news; “a lot of the protective clothing and equipment that we sell is sourced abroad, particularly from France and Spain. So it is really important to us that we now have a product that we can take to the market that is Irish. Our hooks have been extensively tested and we can stand over them and say they are the best available to buy anywhere today and they are made locally in Limerick.”

The deal is part of a big expansion plan by Triskell Seafood that will see them move outside of their traditional market share in Ireland over the next few years. The company stocks a range of professional clothing by brands such as Guy Cotten, Le Chameau and Helly Hansen that are used across the fishing industry as well as an extensive selection of specialist aquaculture equipment.

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