The Seaview Crab Company provides the retail seafood market with fresh and locally sourced options. The company was founded in 2006. The founders are three friends who had the dream of providing seafood to their communities. Their names are:
- Sam Romano
- Nathan King
- Joe Romano
They gained interest in seafood, particularly blue crab. What fascinated them was the work it took to farm and harvest them. The process calls for a lot of freedom and raw entrepreneurial experience to catch and place the crabs in the retail seafood market. They preferred to venture into the business of catching live blue crabs and selling them to the community and the public.
When the three friends graduated from college, they attended a crash course in entrepreneurship. Their business started with a few things:
- 50 crab pots
- Commercial fishing license
- One used pickup truck
- One hand-painted sign that read live blue crabs for sale
For 3 years, they sold wherever they could. They soon enough wanted to expand from roadside bootstrapping. In 2009, they started a company that took over an existing fish market. It was located at 6458 Carolina Beach Road.
The company has had more than 10 years of growth. The trio now has a team of more than 60 fishmongers. The supply chain reaches all corners of the coast of North Carolina and beyond.
They have expanded their service reach to multiple locations in the following areas:
- Spout Springs
Seaview Crab Company supplies all across America using its Drop Shipping program. They have also extended their business to serve more than 50 local restaurants in North Carolina and its environs. Their Seafood Take out Kitchen was opened recently and operates daily.
Seaview Crab Company works with a number of qualified and dedicated professionals. Members of the core leadership team have been involved in the company for years. The Core Leadership team includes:
- Kyle Clossick - Retail and Human Resources
- Craig Reece - Wholesale, Buying and Logistics
- Winn Altman - Operations and Maintenance
Locally Sourced Seafood
All seafood by Seaview Crab Company is locally sourced and diverse. The company offers a variety of seafood options, including:
- Blue crabs: These are harvested in Southeastern North Carolina. Locations include the Cape Fear River, the New River, and the Masonboro River. According to the season, you can get soft-shelled crabs, hard crabs, and fresh-picked crab meat.
- Shrimp: Can be found with the head on or off. They are harvested all year round. When the supply tightens, the company brings in shrimp from the Gulf, Florida, South Carolina, and Central America.
- Panfish: Seaview Crab Company tries to keep fresh panfish available year-round. They freeze them in bulk when they are available in large numbers. It ensures a variety of panfish is offered even when the weather is unfavorable.
- Inshore medium/large fish: These types include: Pompano, Flounder, Black Drum, Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Gray Trout, and Triple Tail.
- Clams: The types of clams found are; Littleneck, Chowders, and Topdeck. Clams are consistent and can be found throughout the year. The company buys them from Clam Farms in Virginia and Wild Clam Harvesters in North Carolina.
- Oysters: There are both wild oysters and garden oysters. The choice and variety depend on the year of harvest, fishing labor, and the weather cycle.
- Mussels: Northeast Black Mussels are brought in each week. Usually, they are available year-round. Mussels are eaten all over America. The company offers Wild Local Mussels intermittently on customer demand. The mussels have the same taste and texture as local oysters and clams.
- Crab legs: The market for crab legs is dependent on seasonality, national quotas, and harvest abundance. The types available include; King Crab Legs, Dungeness Crabs Clusters, and Snow Crab (Large and Jumbo).
- Crawfish: The Live Crawfish are sourced directly from Louisiana. The season begins in March and lasts through June. During the offseason, Seaview cooks and freezes the crawfish made in-house. This allows them to maintain year-round availability.
- Lobster: The types available are: Live Lobsters, Frozen Lobster Tails, and Claws. Usually, the live tanks have 1.25-pound lobsters. The company can get bigger ones on pre-order.
- Other fresh and frozen seafood: This includes a variety of seafood options. They include; Alligator Meat, Octopus, Squid (Calamari), Alligator Sausage, Crawfish Pies, Boudin Sausage, Conch Meat, Picked CrawfishTail Meat, House Made Crab Cakes, Small Batch House Made Soups, Haddock, Cod, and Whiting.
Seafood Boxes / Take-Out Services
The Seaview Crab Company offers seafood take-out services for select dishes. You can get seafood takeout delivered from the company. These seafood boxes include:
- Large Snow Crab Leg Box: This 20-pound box costs $499.95. The crab legs are fully cooked and frozen. You only need to heat it up to enjoy it.
- North Carolina Catfish box: This can be grilled, fried, or placed in the oven. It costs $30.95 and can also be served on sandwiches.
- North Carolina Red Drum Box: Red Drums are caught inshore in North Carolina. They are a flaky, mild whitefish that cost $46.95.
- Steamed Blue crab Box: Each box is served in dozens. It costs $39.95. They are caught and steamed the same day to remain fresh.
- North Carolina Spot Box: This costs $36.95 for 5 pounds of spot fish. They are delivered fresh, frozen, uncleaned, and whole.
- Seafood Select Singles Oyster Box: The servings are in counts of 25 and 50. The box starts at $30.95
- Little Neck Clam Box: These are harvested at Hog Island Bay and cost $18.95. They can be baked, steamed, grilled, or eaten raw,
The freshest locally sourced seafood. I brought fresh, salty, briny NC oysters and made an oven-fried oyster Po Boy with spicy remoulade. The oysters were juicy, crunchy, and delicious. Can't wait to get more! - Donna Turner via Google Reviews
The Seaview Crab Company continues to grow and stays grounded in the values that have fueled its growth. Their core philosophy is to root their supply chain and seafood knowledge in North Carolina. They are plugged into the rich history of North Carolina’s Fisheries and Fishermen.
They keep an eye on the horizon for the changing weather patterns, regulations, and customer demand.
The company offers the retail seafood market numerous options. They use local fishermen and fishmongers to enhance growth in the community. Having been founded by three friends, the company has grown into a family.