Giant halibut arrives in Grimsby – Fishupdate.com

Giant halibut arrives in Grimsby Published:  03 April, 2006

A MONSTER halibut weighing more than 350 pounds has been bought by a Grimsby fish merchant.

The giant fish, which is thought to be around 50 years old, is now in the hands of Fraser Seafoods, based on the fish docks.

It was weighed at over 170 kilos – one of the largest to be landed at the port for many years. The big fish was caught by a Norwegian trawler and shipped to Grimsby.

In fact giant halibuts were a commonplace sight at the port several years ago – and were often paraded on Easter Showday – but over fishing has meant that they have become smaller.

Managing director Keith Holness said the halibut will now be cut up and sold to restaurants and catering establishments around the country.

Meanwhile, plans to revamp Grimsby Fish Docks appear to be back on track again following Associated British Ports’ rejection of £2.3-billion takeover bid.

The consortium offer, led by investment bank Goldman Sachs, was considered too low and rejected by the ABP board. A successful bid would have meant new owners and could have led to a re-evaluation of the £5-million fish dock plan plan.

Under the scheme fish merchants and processors will eventually move to a new seafood park either on the docks or on a greenfield business park a few miles away from the port.

However, ABP is considered an attractive proposition and a new bid, possibly from a Middle East suitor, is thought likely later in the year.

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