Processing Facilities

Your Clearwater seafood order has been tested, graded and packed for perfection at our land-based processing and holding facilities. Food safety and quality assurance programs including HACCP, QMP and BRC ensure consistency and the highest standards.        

Nova Scotia Processing Facilities

Arichat, Nova Scotia 

Arichat is home to Clearwater’s patented Dryland Storage facility which allows us to hold and ship healthy, live lobster to customers year-round. The storage system mimics the lobster’s natural overwintering environment and maintains their health and superior quality.

Four million pounds of live, premium lobster pass through Arichat to customers in North America, Europe and Asia annually.

Highland Fisheries, Nova Scotia 

Highland Fisheries is located in Glace Bay, on Cape Breton Island. The town began its long history of mining in the 1700s when it was inhabited to supply Fortress Louisbourg with coal. Glace Bay is also home to the national historic site honoring Guglielmo Marconi – the father of radio transmissions and the first cross Atlantic wireless message sent in 1901.

Highland Fisheries is a major employer in the area with 95 staff processing over 4 million pounds of snow crab annually.

Louisville, Kentucky & Bedford, Nova Scotia 

Holding facilities in Louisville and Bedford service global lobster customers as well as providing distribution for lobster and other products shipped to eCommerce shoppers across much of mainland North America.

Pierce Fisheries, Nova Scotia 

Pierce Fisheries Ltd. is a Clearwater Seafoods processing facility located in Lockeport, Nova Scotia. Lockeport is naturally the perfect location for Pierce, situated along the Southern Shore in the Ragged Islands, an area famous for an abundance of seafood.

In 1986, Pierce was acquired by Clearwater to handle and package Frozen-at-Sea (FAS) scallops and Nova Scotia Prime Lobster. As an innovation leader, Pierce transitioned scallop processing from traditional block freezing to an advanced individually quick freezing (IQF) method. In 2012, in an effort to meet the growing demand for convenient and healthy meal solutions among Clearwater’s foodservice and retail partners, Pierce underwent an expansion to include state-of-the-art processing capabilities for value-added products. Pierce is a British Retail Consortium (BRC) certified facility, a leading food safety and quality assurance program that ensures consistency and the highest standards.

Today, Pierce has 200 employees processing approximately 15 million pounds of Canadian sea scallops, Argentine scallops and lobster annually.

Newfoundland Processing Facilities

Grand Bank, Newfoundland 

Situated on Newfoundland’s rugged east coast, on the north shore of the Burin Peninsula, Grand Bank was settled by French fishermen in 1640 and has been a merchant fishing and schooner town since the early 1920s.

Grand Bank Seafoods joined Clearwater in 1991 and employs approximately 135 workers. They process 500,000 pounds of Masago and 10 million pounds of Arctic Surf Clams (Hokkigai), Cockle Clams (Torigai) and Northern Propeller Clams (Mirugai) annually.

St. Anthony, Newfoundland 

St. Anthony, a small town on the northern reaches of Newfoundland and Labrador is known as the iceberg, whale and moose capital of the world. It also features one of the world's major archaeological properties, the Norse village 'L'Anse Aux Meadows', which was briefly inhabited around 1000 AD. Surrounded by rugged terrain it is also home for the occasional polar bear, many fishermen and the plant workers who harvest and process Clearwater’s cold water shrimp

Our plant employs 200 processing and quality assurance staff who process 5.5 million pounds of cold water shrimp annually for customers around the world. The St. Anthony plant is BRC certified.


Research gives us insight into consumer & buyer needs and preferences and underlies all of our package design. Packaging is available in private label or Clearwater brand, customized for retail and food service in a variety of sizes and formats:

Features and formats available include:

  • Individually-Quick-Frozen (IQF)
  • Vacuum packed
  • Bags
  • Stand up pouches
  • Folding cartons
  • Zippered pouches

For private label customers, our project management team ensures timely delivery of a professional quality product. Find out how we can help with your private label needs.