Based in the heart of Looe Harbour, Nippers Shellfish is a small, family run business owned by husband and wife team Sam and Laura Chapman. Fishing lies within the family, with both of Sam’s uncles being fisherman. One of Sam’s uncles still fishes today, alongside his cousins, often catching the fish you might find as part of your order.

At the age of 18, Sam started working on the fish quay as a harbour assistant, helping the boats land their catches. During this time Sam was drawn to the hustle and bustle of the busy fish quay, and began working for a local fish merchant, where he learnt the trade. Sam quickly gained a passion for buying and selling some of the UK’s finest fish, caught by small day boats, all of which are owned by local families. Fish landed in Looe is renowned all over the country, after one taste we’re sure you’ll understand it’s reputation.  


In 2016, Sam and Laura took the opportunity to take over Nippers Shellfish, a business with a great reputation for producing Cornwall’s finest crab meat. Noticing an opportunity to expand they quickly started supplying Day Boat Cornish Fish to a range of restaurants.  

Nippers are committed to buying sustainably caught fish, supporting our local boats, whilst still maintaining the impeccable reputation fish from Looe has earned itself over the years.


How is my order packaged?


Your seafood will be packaged, ready to cook or alternatively freeze. For postal deliveries your fish will be placed into a polystyrene box and surrounded by cool gel packs to keep it fresh. 


Where is my fish sourced from?


We are proud to support local fisherman and sustainable fishing, strengthening the local fishing community. Therefore, all fish and shellfish is caught within Cornwall (or occasionally from Plymouth and Brixham). 


Can I collect my order?


Of course, if you are local just choose click and collect at delivery options and we will organise this with you. 

How will my order arrive?


All postal deliveries are shipped with FedEx on next day delivery. We aim to ship your order within 1-2 working days, however please understand that we work with an inshore fishing fleet, they will not be at sea fishing if the weather does not allow them to, therefore in this case orders will be delayed.



What happens if I'm not in?


Unfortunately as we use a third party delivery service we are not liable if you are unable to collect your order. If you want to place an order for delivery on a specific day, please call us up and we can help.

 What will be in my Mystery Box?

The honest answer is we don't know, our Mystery Boxes are based on whatever is landed that evening by the boats, there is an example of the typical species in the description, however until the boats have landed, we don't know what they've caught.