How to Start a Fish Market

Fish market typically starts with a small number of men selling fish.

They usually have coolers full of fish and then they would typically locate themselves near the sea port.

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Starting Your Own Fish Market

This type of market usually is a wholesale and retail market of sea foods. This place is used basically to sell fish and other seafood. Normally, the people who are selling fish here are related to the big number of fishermen. They are their suppliers. Consequently, the majority of fish markets nowadays mostly transact with wholesale trade, as well as the accessible major fish retail markets maintain to operate for traditional purposes.


The first thing you should do is to buy fish from you supplier. You can choose among those suppliers who are already out in the sea port. They would usually inform those people who are interested to buy seafood from them and then if you agree, they will lay down their price and if you again agree with their price, then that means they will be your supplier in your fish market. You must remember that in starting a fish market, you should already know the different kinds of fish and the different appearances of them. It is important to know their state because you might get fish that are not fresh. Iced fish are not good and do not have a good marketing value.

For your location, you should pick the busiest location. Most of the time, the perfect location is in the sea port. Buyers would go to the sea port to look for the freshest fish and seafood in town. Get your own booth so that you can display well all your fish and seafood products. Make sure that your booth is easy to find and that you have an assistant to help you with all the work. If the people will see that your booth is crowded and has many customers, they would think that your booth sells a good quality fish or seafood. And that will definitely give a good impression to customers that will put your way to success.

Make your booth look good and of course clean. Buyers will definitely not buy from you if your booth is not neat and is very dirty. It is understood that having a fish booth in a fish market can get messy but if you will just make it clean and neat as possible.

Move your seafood items. If you won’t do something about it, you might lose a great profit if it rots and would smell bad. You may put some ice to keep it fresh but make sure not to keep them too long in the ice. Do something to sell those fish until it lasts in each day. A one day old fish has no market value and this might give your buyers a stomachache if they ate it. Also, see to it that the fish you get from your suppliers are also fresh. You will notice that with from the color of the gills of your fish.


  • thahir said on July 25, 2012
    Hi I am interested to start a fish market in Bangalore. What are all the formalities I want to clear to start a fish market, and what are all requirements for a good fish markets..?
  • nuruddin said on September 17, 2012
    i am nuruddin from bihar india. i want to start fish business. i want to know how to start this and how much money will require.
  • maria Dreyes said on January 13, 2013
    would like to open a fish market in a market here in my town, WENATCHEE WA
  • savenaca Gucake said on March 3, 2013
    pse kindly need your help on business proposal. To open a fish market in fiji.
  • Siju Martin said on March 6, 2013
    i would like to start a fish market in kottayam, kerala south india. what all are the different kinds of fishes demanded in kottayam mostly? and the demands of frozen fishes in this area?
  • melissa said on July 27, 2013
    I would like to open a small seafood market in the Bahamas
  • Eddie McField said on August 20, 2013
    I want to start a Fish and Meat Market in Cayman islands with Local and Imported products from Nicaragua. How much money do I need? and how long will it take me?
  • Reuben barasa said on January 16, 2014
    I'm from Kenya, & would like to connect to @Melissa From Bahamas for fresh fish business ( I sell to her g
  • RAJAGOPAL said on June 9, 2014
    I would like to start Seafood business at Tamilnadu, Trichy district. can contact @09715587878
  • Gregorio Dagulo said on July 11, 2014
    Planning to have my own fish business. Location passit city ilo ilo philippines Please share some ideas and strategies regarding in this business i'm very interested on it.
  • rob stribling said on July 25, 2014
    I want to open a fresh fish an fry in Columbia, SC I would like to know how much money is needed to start it. Please share some ideas an strategies regarding in this business. Thank you
  • jean barnaby said on July 31, 2014
    Wanting to open a fish market, please send info , I will be opening this this close to 132 highway in pointe la Croix ,,,listuguj Quebec area .I need Start up information already had the area and the building I need to know what I need to start in the fish tank for lobster freezers I know about but what else do I need....please and Thank you
  • Curtis Peratrovich said on November 7, 2014
    I am thinking of opening a market in New Mexico. I would like to sell Alaskan sea food. What would be some advice since I am so far away. I would be selling in a building of course and not outside. Suppliers in AK do ship across the country and I need to know how to keep the product as fresh as possible without having to freeze it. I've always understood fish caught on your own is fresh no matter what, even if you freeze it. Is that true? How can I correlate orders from my supplier and fresh product with customers?
  • Simione Qiolevu said on November 9, 2014
    Namosau , Ba , Fiji Islands. I wanna start a fish business in my area of Namosau, What should I do. Thanks
  • Becky said on November 17, 2014
    My husband and I are interested in providing fresh seafood to our area. Presently the competition is supermarkets with no free standing markets. We have located a rental space but are novice. Could you help by suggesting necessary equipment and fixtures, plus start up costs Thank you. Becky
  • Marsha Arrington said on January 20, 2015
    My husband and I are looking into started a fresh seafood store in our area. We are looking into Steamers and other important restaurant appliances. We would like advice on how much rental space would be required to accommodate our needs. We are looking to start with carry-out only. Could you assist us in selecting equipment (new--or used) and start up estimates. Thank you in advance. Kind regards, Marsha
  • Niranjan Karde said on April 20, 2015
    Hi, I want to open fresh fish hygienic air conditioned shop at Badlapur, Maharashtra, India...pls guide
  • manish said on June 29, 2015
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  • anand dhanke said on September 5, 2015
    How to start business in fish marketing and wholesale dealership
  • Jennifer Sands said on September 28, 2015
    I would like to start a fish market in Monticello, Ga. Would like to know how much money I would need to get started!
  • John claude said on October 15, 2015
    Hello my name is john i would like to start a fish market
  • John claude said on October 15, 2015
    I need more information such as where to start, what is it going to cost me
  • Fanuel Endless Nestor said on October 21, 2015
    Hi good people of my world.I would like to open up my fish shop in my area, Windhoek Namibia.There is no fish shop in my community, thus I would like to have some advice on how to build my relationship with suppliers who are located at our coastal town of Swakopmund. I would also like advice on the marketing of my shop and how I can build a good bond between my shop and my customers.Thank you so much.
  • andy said on April 6, 2016
    Hi I'm andy and I'm in south texas i would like to open little fish market and would really appreciate if any one change me some info about start up cost and equipment also contacts of wholesalers thanks.
  • Patrick McNulty said on May 1, 2016
    I would like to start a fish market in Washington DC is this a good location.
  • Ajay.E said on May 6, 2016
    Hai....i am from Tamil Nadu, I want start up a sea food market in Chennai....can I know the procedure to start it.....
  • Sai said on June 3, 2016
    Hi I want to start a fish shop in banagalore. Please let me know the procedure
  • Pratheesh said on September 9, 2016
    Am working in seafood industry (G.C.C and INDIA) more than 15 year's (fresh fish and all kind of seafood) please contact me mail only
  • Bernard said on November 7, 2016
    Hi I would like to start a fish market business. Please provide me some more information.
  • Manisha chawan said on November 16, 2016
    Even I want to start fish business but buying from the seafront and to hotel. how to find hotel customer to supply fish please help
  • soman kunnummal said on November 21, 2016
    hi, i would like to start fish shop at saket complex thane west, majiwada, basic and the cost of freezers. Rgds
  • Anna said on November 26, 2016
    I have already started a fish business. I need more consultation on this and more advise support and fund.
  • jim folsom skipper said on December 23, 2016
    @anna I am in Alaska and am looking to market my fresh caught salmon. I am looking to ship direct by aircarrier but am limited to summer months, sockeye,king salmon, coho if u have any interest in this great product call or text me at 1-907-843-1910 thanks jim
  • Rajesh said on April 19, 2017
    Hi I am interested to start a fish market in hyderabad. What are all the formalities I want to clear to start a fish market, and what are all requirements for a good fish markets..?
  • Paramasivam. M said on May 10, 2017
    I am really interested to start fish shop in Chennai city, please share your tips
  • @Sumit said on May 10, 2017
    What is the rules for open a fish market?
  • samithurai said on November 10, 2017
    My native is thoothukudi city in tamilnadu. it is also fishing horbour so i can buy large quantity fish from horbour by auction if i am selling wholesale rate to other area market what can i do?
  • varghese said on June 23, 2018
    dear @sami, please contact me
  • Yeseree said on March 10, 2019
    Hi, I'm opening a fish market... looking for suppliers! please inbox
  • Jerald said on October 10, 2019
    Hai, I am a fisherman. My native is Rameshwaram. I am interested in supply for prawns and grabs, if you want to contact me thank you.
  • FRANCIS KOLI said on April 30, 2020
    I am Francis Koli, Staying in Sewri, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Want to start a Fish business in Mumbai, How Can I proceed
  • Vipin said on December 2, 2020
    Hi I am Vipin from Kerala we are planning some new online seafood online industry I have enough experience in same industry with Major online seafood company if anyone interested to part join with us plz send me a mail
  • karthick RK said on December 28, 2020
    hi i would like to start fish stall in chennai pls tell me any other formalities in this a fisherman but idont have big money.
  • JOHN said on September 15, 2021
    Hi, I am interested in starting a fish market in Bangalore. What are all the formalities I want to clear to create a fish market, and what are all requirements for a good fish market..?
  • Mandisa said on September 23, 2021
    Helow I want to sell fish but how much money must I have.


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