TO THE SHORE: Quality Assurance / Food Safety

Updated: July 17, 2014 by the OceansFleet Fisheries Office of Food Safety & Compliance



With the resources in place, coupled with knowledgeable, HACCP trained personnel and a Firm Commitment From Senior Management, OceansFleet is ahead of the curve when it comes to providing our customers with Quality Seafood.

Every lot of our scallops is subjected to a battery of tests and examinations designed to ensure maximum customer satisfaction. In addition to the standard organoleptic testing common throughout the seafood industry, the Quality Control Department at OceansFleet Fisheries applies several additional tests that measure moisture content, evaluate both raw and cooked texture, measure uniformity of size and color and monitor for extraneous materials often associated with fresh scallops.


While It’s fair to say scallops are generally a light tan in color, the fact of the matter is that it’s not that cut and dry. Color of Scallops varies depending on area harvested, season, spawning considerations and other environmental factors. In an attempt to limit subjectivity on color description, we utilize the PANTONE COLOR MATCH SYSTEM when inspecting the color of scallops. Typical scallop colors range from white to tan or beige, a slight grey-green, faded pink or even orange during the spawn season. This may seem trivial, but with some of the country’s top chefs using our Atlantic Sea Scallops in their dishes, we consider Plate Presentation an important factor in grading our scallops. The same discerning eye employed by the country’s best culinary minds is used here at the Primary Processing level. It is this attention to “detail of quality” that assures our customers they’re receiving only the best scallops on the market.

To view the Scallop Color Grading Chart or request a complimentary chart in PDF format, please CLICK HERE…

NOTICE: Be aware that variances in colors will occur between different displays & printers. For a true color chart, please contact our QC department.



OceansFleet Fisheries is the Nation’s leading Supplier of Fresh Grade “A” Scallops. In June of 2013, we entered into the US Department of Commerce’s QMP Program. Packed under the strict standards of USDC Guidelines, we offer all sizes of Fresh Scallops in several pack size options. We also offer the same Grade “A” quality scallops in IQF form. To learn more about our Grade “A” Scallop Program, feel free to contact Richard Tavis at Contact your sales rep regarding pricing information and availability.


Oceans Fleet Fisheries is now BRC certified. BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification program, used by over 22,000 certified suppliers in 123 countries, with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited certification bodies. The Standards guarantee the standardization of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfill their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers.



In today’s consumer conscience world, no seafood program is complete without a reliable source of MSC Approved commodities. OceansFleet Fisheries supplies a variety of MSC Approved Seafood. We now offer MSC Certified Canadian Swordfish, American Swordfish, Canadian Atlantic Halibut, Offshore Canadian Sea Scallops and American Atlantic Sea Scallop. As prescribed by MSC Standards, we offer complete traceability from vessel to distributor. For buyers, please note that our MSC Registration Number is MSC-C-52758. To view a copy of our scope and certification, please CLICK HERE.


To assure only the freshest scallops reach our customers, OceansFleet Fisheries employs a simple Time-Temperature Indicator on all metal cans. This novel yet sophisticated indicator mimics the growth rate of pathogenic bacteria in a color coded bio-label. This technology gives both OceansFleet and You, the piece of mind and confidence that our Scallops are being shipped in the freshest state possible. Please click here to learn more about this fascinating technology and how it works.