Scottish Pelagic Processors Association

Processing & supplying sustainable pelagic fish


Delicious and sustainably caught

A modern fishing fleet

Dedicated to a sustainable future

Marvellous herring

Certified with the MSC eco-label

High quality processing techniques

Fresh, frozen, canned and smoked

Healthy to eat

Tasty and full of heart-healthy Omega 3!


which represents all the major Scottish pelagic processors

About SPPA

The Scottish Pelagic Processors Association (SPPA) has a close working relationship with UK pelagic fishermen, who land directly into our processing facilities, thus supporting a vital segment of the Scottish economy.

The Scottish onshore pelagic processing industry supports over 2,000 direct jobs, plus a large number of other jobs in associated support sectors.

Members of the Scottish Pelagic Processors Association (SPPA) supply a wide range of mackerel, herring and blue whiting products, including fresh, frozen, smoked and canned fish to UK retailers and wholesalers, as well as to major export customers.

Export sales alone are worth around £150m a year to the Scottish economy - and the processing sector - along with the pelagic fleet - is continually investing in new equipment, infrastructure and vessels to ensure it remains competitive in the global market.

The Scottish Pelagic Processors Association (SPPA) was established in 1976 (under its former name as the Herring Buyers Association) following the set up of Scottish Producer Organisations, with the aim of supporting and representing buyers and processors of pelagic species.

The SPPA is a founding member of the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group (SPSG). Through SPSG the Scottish industry has obtained certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for North Sea herring.