The Raptis Company History

A. Raptis & Sons Pty. Ltd

As a migrant worker in the 1930’s Arthur Raptis Senior (Sr) sought employment in the industry he knew best fishing.  In the 1950’s the family moved to Adelaide and opened a fish and chip shop.  Soon, Arthur Raptis Snr began filleting his catch for local shops, and within a few years his entrepreneurial spirit had spread to his four sons and daughter, who developed the business into seafood wholesale and retail businesses in Adelaide. Half a century on, A. Raptis and Sons Pty Ltd (Raptis) has become one of Australia’s largest privately owned vertically integrated fishing and seafood trading companies in Australia. The company is proudly owned by the Raptis Family and has established an international reputation for responsible fishing and the supply of quality seafood products. Raptis seafood products can be found in many Australian supermarkets, retail outlets and the Sydney Fish Markets. Raptis also has a dedicated export division, exporting seafood across the globe for over 40 years.

The Raptis fleet pursues a philosophy of responsible fishing to achieve ecologically sustainable marine resources. Raptis predominately fishes in the Northern Prawn Fishery and Great Australian Bight. Raptis rigorously ensures each of its vessels complies with regulations set by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.  As a result of satisfying the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries, The Northern Prawn Fishery has been granted an exemption from export restrictions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Raptis proudly supports the Northern Prawn Fishery becoming certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), an organisation which encourages sustainable fishing practices. To ensure sustainability, Raptis fishes in a manner that reserves the greatest protection for by-catch species, one such example of this is through the use of Turtle Exclusion Devices in the Northern Prawn Fishery, these devices prevent turtles and other large marine life such as sharks and stingrays from being caught in the nets.

Raptis is an Accredited Member of Friend of the Sea, an international non-profit non-government organisation, who provide international certification for products originating from sustainable fisheries, and  that are caught using fishing practices that support sustainable seafood resources.

Raptis are proud of their Australian fishing and seafood trading history, are committed to safeguarding wild-caught Australian Seafood stocks, and look forward to providing wild caught seafood for future generations of consumers to enjoy.

Raptis is proudly bringing Australian Seafood, from Ocean to the Plate.