We are a seafood company located on Madeira island (Portugal), specialized in processing and wholesaling all kinds of seafood, working as a liaison between fishermen and consumer.
We strive to provide products with a higher standard of quality, and to show the market innovative solutions.
Ilhapeixe is a company under GRUPO ILHAPEIXE.
Fishing has been a cornerstone of the Madeiran economy since its colonization. Since then, the black scabbardfish has always been one of the most captured (and sought after) fish.
In 1996, when our company was created, the processing of this fish was almost inexistent. We seized this opportunity, becoming the first processing industry for black scabbardfish, introducing two presentations to the retailers: fish steak and fillet.
The market’s positive response led to an increase in the consumption of this species in the region, helping the local economy to thrive.
Despite black scabbardfish being our ex-libris, we wholesale several other species of fish and shellfish. We specially recommend the tuna fish and limpets, species with a great Madeiran tradition, and the Gilthead seabream, a product from Madeiran aquaculture developed by a Grupo Ilhapeixe company.
GRUPO ILHAPEIXE was created in 2020, with the following companies
To ensure the consumption of Madeiran products, achieving total satisfaction from our consumers.
To ensure there are no shortages, respecting the species sustainability, in order to satisfy the market’s needs.
The preservation of marine biodiversity is crucial to maintaining the balance of all the ecosystems on Earth. The increase in demand has taken its toll on natural fish stocks, which are limited and fast depleting.
Aquaculture, with responsible practices, is the best known solution to satisfy the demand for seafood from an ever-growing population.
To take part on this fight for the preservation of the natural life of the oceans, allied to the will to decrease product import, as a way to ensure madeiran products consumption, in 2004, we decided to take a chance on the production of gilthead seabream, by obtaining the rights to fish farm in Baía d’Abra, through the company AQUABAÍA.
The market’s favorable response allowed us to increase our production. We now have 8 floating cages on Baía d’Abra (Caniçal), and 20 floating cages on Campanário (Ribeira Brava).
The pure water from the Atlantic ocean which bathes our island, and the strength of the ocean currents, allied to the low density of fish per cage and carefully selected feed, result in healthy, brawny fish, with unparalleled quality.
We are currently in contact with ASC and FOS (Friends of the Sea) for them to evaluate our practices, so we can certify what we already know: that our Gilthead seabream come from a responsible and sustainable aquaculture practice.
• Our veterinarian and competent authorities closely monitor the health status of the fish.
• Animal welfare is one of our goals, and we keep it in mind at all times during production process.
• We don’t use genetically modified fish.
• The fish feed is carefully selected to mimic as closely as possible its natural feeding habits.
• We do not use growth hormones.
• The gilthead seabream is farmed in an environment that is identical to its natural habitat.
We take an active role in our community, supporting some local institutions, especially madeiran sports.
We highlight the support that we gave to João Rodrigues, in his campaign to take part on the 2016 Olympic games.
We would also like to highlight our association with GRACE – responsible companies organization. This is a non-profit business association that works in the social responsibility and sustainability areas. Find out more more at grace.pt