Fish feast kicks off week at Grimsby –

Fish feast kicks off week at Grimsby Published:  30 April, 2007

Steve Norton

GRIMSBY enjoyed one of its biggest markets for over a year today with another bumper landing.

Around 6,000 boxes were on display – amazingly including 4,000 boxes of haddock. Despite the volume of haddock, prices did not fall as many had expected, but held up quite firmly apart from some small haddock which went quite cheaply.

Although Martyn Boyers, chief executive of Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises is away on business in Iceland, and therefore unavailable for comment , everyone on the market was delighted at the turnout. The sale lasted for over two hours, which has been quite unusual in Grimsby this winter. Reasonable supplies are also predicted for the remainder of the week.

Steve Norton, chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, said improved weather conditions around the Iceland fishing grounds had helped to dramatically improve the overall supply situation. “The quality today was mixed and given the large amount of haddock for sale, prices helped up fairly well. There was also something for everyone . It has been a long hard winter for our members and many are now making up for lost time and will be buying for freezing and curing purposes.”

He added: “But demand for fish is generally fairly good in the country at the moment with the restaurant business picking up and a forthcoming bank holiday which should help to boost the seaside fried fish and chips trade which should be getting into its element with the start of the summer holiday season not far away.

Hull’s Fishgate Market also had a good day with around 2,500 boxes of fish put on sale. As at Grimsby, haddock dominated the market with 2,000 boxes making up that total. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.