Members of the large Raffield family are pictured salting fish in the early 1900s. This photo was taken just off current U.S. Hwy. 98 on what is now the Tyndall Air Force Base reservation. Schools of mullet three miles long and 300 to 400 yards wide were common then, and were caught in seine nets. With no means of preserving fish until the construction of an ice plant in 1908, the fishermen had to gut and salt all their fish. They preserved them by packing them in layers of salt for a few days until brine formed. Then they resalted the fish and packed them in wooden barrels.
Raffield family members still work in the family-dominated business. Fish are now preserved in the state-of-the-art freezer unit, part of our processing plant on the banks of the Intracoastal Canal. From there, various seafood products are shipped to many domestic markets and to a varied group of international markets, including emerging Third World nations, Canada, Caribbean countries, Europe and the Far East.