Docapesca – Portos e Lotas, S.A., is a state-owned company under the Ministry of Agriculture and the Sea. Pursuant to Decree-law 107/90 of March 27, it provides the public service on mainland Portugal of organising the first sale of fish, and supports the fishing and fishing ports sector.

This means that Docapesca operates in several locations on mainland Portugal, but its headquarters are in Lisbon. It has six main Branches, namely: North, Matosinhos, Centre-North, Centre, Centre-South, and South.

The strategic policy of Docapesca is based on creating sustained value for all its stakeholders, namely for shareholders, customers, workers, employees, suppliers and society in general, based on cooperation and close relationships.

Its main challenge is to be able to provide a service of excellence, focused on innovation and precision, in the preservation of the environment, and social responsibility.


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About Docapesca

Docapesca’s mission as a state-run company is to operate in the fishing sector, specifically in the first sale of catch and related activities. It is therefore responsible for putting in place the appropriate conditions for production and commercialisation by exploring new avenues and competences to ensure the creation of value for the company, its partners and society in general.

An anchor in the fishing sector, playing a crucial part in its innovation, growth and assurance of the finest catch, underpinned by a chain of value that is striving to expand, Docapesca intends to achieve and sustain a series of initiatives, by:

  • Innovation – implementing new methods and processes, new business and competences;
  • Investment in social responsibility, actively attending to the problems of the ship-owners/fishermen, especially in places traditionally dependent on extractive fishing, in close cooperation with local authorities; in environmental and civic responsibility and in food safety and quality (having introduced standardisation, certification and traceability of marine products and assurance of health and hygiene conditions);
  • Cooperation, inspiring trust by leading by example, in team work and contractual and business relations.