Kirby Marsden bought Quality Fisheries in the early 1990’s and has operated the business ever
since then.Kirby has served as the President Emeritus of the Illinois Commercial Fisherman’s
Association, (the ICFA) which has 150 members.The ICFA is actively engaged in a program to rid Illinois rivers of bighead Carp, which are an invasive species
that has crowded out more desirable native species and threatens the biological integrity of the MississippiBasin ecosystems.
Quality Fisheries is a vertically
integrated fresh fish and seafood seller operating in the Midwest.Founded in 1953, Quality Fisheries’ core business is to buy fish from commercial fishermen
harvesting catfish, carp, buffalo, sturgeon, and other species from the Mississippi River, then sell them at wholesale
to fish markets in Chicago and nearby restaurants, and at retail to residents of Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.
The Niota Fish Market
Quality Fisheries is the Niota Fish Market located at 157 Arbor
Street in Niota,
Il. tel. 217-448-4241. At the Niota Fish Market,
about a dozen employees, receive whole, often live fish, from commercial fishermen.The fish are cleaned,
then sold fresh at the store, trucked to Chicago
and other markets, smoked or frozen. Imports
of frozen seafood are received at the Niota Fish Market, held in reefers, then sold at wholesale or retail.
A Happy Customer
Three Generations Of Marsdens
to our valued customers: Please keep in mind that the prices on the boards at our retail store
are always current, in rare cases the prices on the website may be a few days behind on a recent price change.