Welcome to Orkney Fishermen's Society

Orkney Fishermen's Society was established in 1953. Beginning life largely exporting live lobster the business has grown to become one of the foremost processors of brown crab in the UK.

Still a co-operative owned largely by inshore fishermen the OFS is now internationally recognised as being among the leaders in crab processing, producing a range of products for retail, wholesale and export markets.

Throughout the food industry, the Orkney name has become synonymous with the highest quality, both in terms of products and the level of service offered to customers. The 70 or so islands and skerries which makes up the Orkney archipelago has over 500 miles of coastline all within 30 miles of the BRC Global A accredited factory in Stromness.

Our commitment to quality is backed up by our commitment to sustainable fishing. The co-operative is a key supporter of Orkney Sustainable Fisheries Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation which runs the local lobster hatchery and is engaged in various initiatives relating to the long-term security of inshore fishing in the islands.

Orkney Fishermen's Society honoured with prestigious Lloyds Bank National Business Award

Orkney Fishermen’s Society were named winners of the Grichan Partnership Sustainable Business Award at the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards gala dinner ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. This award recognises the effectiveness of a sustainable approach and how it has improved commercial performance, competitiveness, customer perception, staff engagement, and prospects for continued financial strength.

Stewart Chricton, Managing Director of Orkney Fisherman’s Society said, “Entering these awards are good because it makes you look at your business, reflect on how well it’s doing and benchmark yourself against other competitors. Orkney’s a great place to do business, people are used to working hard and working for themselves and seeing results."

Richard Hewitt, Co-founder of The Grichan Partnership, remarked; “The Orkney Fishermen’s Society made a strong impression on all members of the judging panel.  This isn’t an easy thing to do when you are competing against a shortlist of talented finalists.  The Society stood out from the crowd as they have taken a challenging industry, applied excellent business strategies including stakeholder engagement, and woven in the creative use of technology to create a North Sea success story in the face of adversity.  We’re delighted that they have won this award, and offer our congratulations.”


Highly Commended Award

OFS recently received a 'Highly Commended' in the 2015 Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, in the category of Food & Drink Business Growth. Also OFS' Sinclair Bain was joint winner of the Young Shining Star Award.









Orkney Fishermen's Society have a new fish shop, close to the crab processing factory. The new shop sells a variety of fresh and frozen fish products as well as Orkney Crab of course. Opening Times:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm

FISH SHOP ONLY: 01856 850870

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The Orkney Fishermen's Society wins second award for Partnership Working.
The award for "Success Through Working in Partnership" in the Scotland Food & Drink Excllence Awards 2012 follows on from the success of the 'Partnership for Success Award' and an additional 'Excellence Award' at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards for 2011.





Orkney Fisherman's Society

News in Brief

OFS Win Major National Award