Fishing Vessel Annelies Ilena, one of the world’s biggest supertrawlers, has been detained by the Irish navy for suspected illegal fishing off the coast of Ireland.
But who exactly owns the Annelies Ilena, and how many more of their supersized fishing vessels are there out there?
Pelagic trawler company Parlevliet & Van der Plas was founded in 1949 by Dirk Parlevliet and the brothers Dirk and Jan van der Plas. The ultimate owner of the group is PP Groep Katwijk BV, based in Valkenburg, the Netherlands.
The company’s fishing fleet consists of 13 freezer-trawlers (including the Annelies Ilena) operated by a range of subsidiaries based in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway and Lithuania. The total catch of the group as a whole is estimated at 300,000 tonnes in 2008.
Parlevliet & Van der Plas is currently endorsed by the MSC Ecolabel.
Parlevliet & Van der Plas’s fishing fleet
FV Annie Hillina
FV Geelong Star
FV Annelies Ilena
FV Jan Maria
FV Maartje Theadora
FV Helen Mary
FV Gerda Maria
FV Arctic Warrior
FV Atlantic Peace