Fisheries and Seafood

IMG provides legal counsel to some of the worlds largest international seafood corporations.

From loan documentation drafting and guidance to tender contracts and seafood proceeding agreements, IMG offers experienced and comprehensive business and legal guidance for our corporate clients in the fisheries and seafood services industry. Our success in this practice area has been guided by our steadfast focus on thoroughly understanding the global seafood industry and providing the legal solutions that enable our clients to reach their goals. By providing our clients this type of service, IMG has built strong relationships with some of the largest seafood companies in the world and is proud to say that many of them are now our clients.

Legal support we can provide

  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Crew Contracts
  • Insurance Policy Analysis
  • Custom Processing Agreements
  • Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management
  • Charter Party Agreements

International Maritime Group is a proud member of the following industry associations

Who we work with

IMG has a long history of advising fisherman, vessel owners, seafood processors, and traders in the global seafood industry. When it comes to the legal issues that impact our clients, there is nothing we can’t handle.

Vessel Owners

IMG frequently deals with a wide range of legal issues affecting those involved in the ownership and operation of fishing vessels, advising on – among other things – charter parties, shipbuilding contracts, insurance policies, and cargo claims.

Our commercial marine law team regularly act for fishing vessel owners, fish producer organizations and vessel managers in this specialist area of law, advising our clients throughout the application for and transfer of fishing licenses, in the establishment of license entitlements and the transfer of license entitlements and in fish quota sale, purchase and leasing arrangements. In addition, we also represent lenders, dealing with security arrangements relating to fishing licenses and quotas. The heavy regulation within the fishing industry and wider marine sector inevitably mean that some will fall foul of the law. If and when that happens, our highly experienced marine criminal law team are on hand to assist and advise you if when your Masters and crew run afoul of fisheries regulations and criminal laws.

Fish Processors

Seafood Processors

IMG is well-poised to represent seafood processors, particularly with their transactional issues. We assist clients with day-to-day contractual and operational disputes, including charter party reviews and disputes, laytime and demurrage adjustments, insurance policy reviews, letters of credit, supply contracts, terms for physical sale and purchase, storage and throughput agreements, joint ventures, regulatory issues and sanctions, and trade finance contracts. Indeed, as a result of acting for fishing vessel owners and operators across the globe, IMG offers an unrivalled level of experience and knowledge in this complex and demanding area of law. With clients ranging from small custom processors to multinational corporations boasting a fleet of catcher-processors, IMG can provide the advice and support you require.


Our expertise spans the entire logistics chain. We act for the shippers/manufacturers/traders who produce/sell the fish and fish products including some of the world’s leading brand names in their sector; the shipping and airlines that transport the fish and fish products across the globe; the cold stores that store the produce ashore; the freight forwarders/road hauliers, the end buyers and all the insurers. We see the problems that arise from both sides of the fence, in relation to bulk goods and reefer units, which means we are uniquely placed to assist. We help our clients to draft clear contracts in order to try to prevent disputes arising. That primarily involves sales contracts, in particular standard terms, as well as charter parties and COAs.

Seafood Traders

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Let us apply our world-class capabilities. We’ll start by getting to know you. You do the talking, we’ll do the listening. Our tailored solutions will help you meet the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the U. S. market, and beyond.

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