The story of West Coast Sea Products begins when Mr John King, a lobster and subsequent white fish fisherman, discovered he had a flair for detecting and raising King and Queen Scallops from the Irish Sea.
He invented, patented and produced a new kind of dredge with springs to prevent the teeth snagging on the sea bed and began to fish for the prized catch using strong, powerful, fishing vessels.
In 1968 the firm of Galloway Shellfish was established, initially with fourteen employees.
Mr King discovered there was an eager market for King and Queen Scallops in the USA. In 1966 the Gulf Of Mexico, which was the main fishery supplying the USA, was overfished and the Americans started to look elsewhere for product.
In 1971 the company name changed to West Coast Sea Products Ltd, employing 35 members of staff, supplying product mainly to the USA and broke into the French market.
The company continued to expand under Mr King's direction. His son, John joined the company in 1989 following a successful career as a scallop fisherman and took over the reins as Managing Director when Mr King Snr retired in 2000.
The company continues to thrive under John's direction. His sons, Stuart and Callum, recently joined the company moving forward into a third generation.
The firm now employs almost 150 full and part time operatives.
John King Snr fishing lobsters in the late 1950s