Mar Seafood

Wild Harvested

About Us

Mar Seafood is a first-class shellfish wholesaler based off Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Our products consist of all sized clams, mussels, varieties of oysters, cockles, periwinkles, and mahoganies. We have fisherman up and down the New England Coast as well as Prince Edward Island, CA. All of our shellfish is harvested for its unmatched quality.
We distribute all across the United States and into Canada, supplying many markets, grocery stores, and food distributors. With over 40 years of experience under our belt, we have been known across the nation for our quality products, steady pricing, and a strong supply.

Our Facility

Mar Seafood resides in Warwick, RI, a central location in New England, making it an easy trip to New York, Philly, and Boston. Our 30,000-square foot facility is HACCP certified and FDA approved. This large complex makes cleaning, packaging, and loading fast and easy to supply our customer with the best possible service.
In the early 90’s, we created one of the first FDA wet storage systems in the United States. This system consists of a custom-built salt-water tank system, where the salt water is constantly circulating in an aerated tank. This Mar Brand system is temperature controlled, sterilized, and tested for bacteria to meet FDA and State Health Department regulations. Product is placed into this system for about 24-48 hours. The result is a thoroughly cleansed product with an extended shelf life.

Our Family History

The story of Mar Seafood dates back to the mid-60’s when Victor Bica Sr decided it was time to move to the United States. By the early 70’s Victor was just getting started in the industry as a quahogger. Everyday he would take his boat through the Narragansett Bay and hand rake for wild clams, mussels, and oysters. By the mid 80’s his son Victor Jr and his soon to be son in law, Jose Fernandes, became deck hands. Over the next couple of years they came to realize there was a demand for their catch, and it was the Portuguese and Spanish restaurants in the New York and New Jersey areas. For several years, all three began shipping product into these areas every day, creating relationships that we still hold to this day.
When both Victor Jr and Jose had finished school, it was time to take their small operation to the next step. In 1991, Mar Seafood Inc. opened their doors to the world for the sale of fresh wholesale shellfish. Within a couple of years, the three had created the first and only, at the time, wet storage purification system approved by the FDA in the country. With knowledge and experience, Mar Seafood was able to become one of the largest distributors of clams, mussels, and oysters in the country, and supplying markets, grocery stores, and food distributors in the United States and in Europe.
For over 30 years now, Mar Seafood has met every customer’s needs, supplying fresh shellfish daily. Today, Victor Sr works alongside Victor Jr and Jose creating new opportunities and teaching the three grandsons, the third generation, everything they know.