2019 Updates


MacNeil has formed a joint venture, MacMar, which launches our purpose built 19 metre vivier crab vessel AMBERLISA in May 2019.

AMBERLISA is built for brown crab and lobster fishing in Scotland bringing additional supply to MacNeil.  In-built vivier holding tanks allow for crab to be kept in optimum condition so is premium quality when landed ashore.  Vivier tanks are  a combined seawater circulation and aeration system. The vessel is designed with a full shelter deck.

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Processing and Export Centre

MacNeil is delighted to announce the opening of it’s specially designed live shellfish holding and processing centre in Larkhall, Glasgow.

The new Larkhall facility will maximise traceability and provenance of our shellfish.

The capacity is 210,000 litre seawater storage capacity.

Temperature control is provided by high capacity chilling systems through which water is pumped, and the same pumping operation passes seawater through filtration systems to maintain the highest quality.

Our systems use a combination of high-pressure water pumps and algae scrubbers as filters, instead of mechanical filters and chemicals.

An algae scrubber filters water by moving water rapidly over a rough, highly illuminated surface, which causes algae to start growing in large amounts. As the algae grow, they consume nutrients such as nitrate, phosphate, nitrite, ammonia, ammonium and metals such as copper from the water.

The systems being installed comprise an integrated and bespoke filtration system comprising bed biofilter, protein skimmer, ultraviolet steriliser, charcoal filter and algal scrubber, together with pumps and control systems.

front view of macneill processing centre
side view of macneill processing centre