Peterhead’s fish market experienced the quietest week for landings so far in 2020

Fish markets at Peterhead experienced quiet sales this week with just 11,475 boxes landed, the lowest volume of 2020 to date.

Prices have also fallen as the COVID-19 pandemic caused the closure of markets in Europe. The slow down and closures of restaurants, canteens and fresh fish counters in supermarkets across the UK also had a huge effect on fish sales as the avenues for the sale of fish have diminished.

In the same week of March 2019 a total of 26,436 boxes of fresh fish were landed by fishing boats in  Peterhead. Earlier this year in January, Week 3 2020 a total of 21,488 boxes was landed despite poor weather conditions hampering fishing efforts

Below is the price comparison between Week 12 prices 2019, Week 3- 2020 and Week 12 – 2020:

Species

Week 12 – 2019

£ per kilo 

Week 3 – 2020

£ per kilo

Week 12 – 2020

£ per kilo

Cod

2.20 – 4.90

3.89 – 7.14

2.00 – 4.14

Haddock

1.70 – 4.25

2.61 – 5.20

0.98 – 3.65

Whiting (gutted)

1.23 – 3.13

0.98 – 3.10

0.63 – 1.58

Monkfish

2.25 – 5.13

1.56 – 6.40

0.20 – 3.70

Hake

2.20 – 9.00

2.28 – 10.40

0.42 – 4.33

Lemon Sole

2.40 – 11.67

2.00 – 14.00

1.00 – 7.66

Megrim

1.71 – 8.06

1.67 – 13.97

1.64 – 5.88

Next week looks to be one of the toughest weeks on record for the fishing industry in the UK as it was announced by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson that cafes, pubs and restaurants were to close as of last Friday night (20 March).

Meanwhile, fishmongers and Producer Organisations around the country are asking people to buy fresh fish in order to keep boats fishing. In the south of England, the Cornwall Fish Producers have asked their boats to consider shorter trips and staggered landings in order to keep the system turning-over until things improve but that was before prices collapsed with pollack dropping from an average of £4.50 per kilo to £0.41.

In Ireland, the Irish South & West Fish Producers Organisation has advised its members to cease fishing this weekend following what has been described as a ‘complete collapse of the market’ here and in Europe.

Fishermen in Castletownbere gave away some 40 boxes of hake & haddock yesterday morning with skipper &  Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation Chairperson, Damien Turner saying it was a small gift to the local community in uncertain times.

 

 
 

Quietest Week for Landings in 2020 at Peterhead fish market

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