Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Marine Advisory Program (MAP)
Fishery Resource Grant FRG 1999 - 24
The purpose of this project was to discover ways to economically process croakers into forms the market would more readily accept. Several manufacturing companies' processing machines were investigated. Two manufacturing companies' processing machines were brought to Hampton for testing. No company makes machinery specifically designed to process croaker. Small croaker fillets were also bound into larger fillets successfully. Processing machines were identified that will work and were purchased. The machinery is currently being successfully used to produce croaker fillets for both the frozen and fresh market. However, the machines are still being modified to improve the quality of the cut. While croaker fillets were successfully bound into larger pieces, further work needs to be done before that process is commercially viable.
Kaufman, D., Fisher, R. A., & Wanchese Fish Company. (2001) Feasibility Study for Machine Processing Croakers into Fillets and for Forming the Fillets into Larger Portions. Fishery Resource Grant FRG 1999 - 24. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/reports/2216