Grimsby market's third birthday – 12 years on –

Grimsby market’s third birthday – 12 years on Published:  03 March, 2008

MORE than 50 people turned up to celebrate Grimsby Fish Market’s third birthday at the weekend – even though it opened for business over a decade ago.

The reason it is considered the market’s third birthday, is that the £15-million complex was officially opened on February 29, 1996 – a leap year – and the managing company, Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises Ltd throws a welcome party every four years.

The birthday lunch attracted leading figures from the Humber fishing industry, but celebrations were properly in order because it also ended one of the best trading weeks for many years. After a prolonged spell of hit and miss supplies, the market handled more than 16,000 boxes of fish last week – and a further 4,000 plus boxes are expected to be put on the auction today.

Chief executive Martyn Boyers said: “It has been an excellent week for supplies – and long may it continue. The staff here have been excellent, working extremely hard to ensure everything is in order.”

He said Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises had pulled off a number of important deals in the past 12 months, including the big one with salmon farming giant Marine Harvest and the transport company Quayside Distribution. The deal will see over 30,000 tonnes of Scottish salmon brought to the port each year in a move that has created many new jobs and brought investment worth £1.5-million. Then the fish market company let part of its water area to energy giant Centrica, which is building a wind farm in the North Sea. At least one other similar deal is expected to follow in the next few months.

Mr Boyers said these additional activities were helping to sustain Grimsby Fish Market’s core business as a major white fish auction market. He also acknowledged that some of the trawler firms had expressed concerns over the long term future of the market as a fish landing area and hoped that the situation would be clarified in the next few months when the Grimsby Fishing Modernisation plan is finalised.

He told the gathering: “We have a lot to celebrate. The Fish Market is one of the busiest places in Grimsby, handling over 25,000 tonnes of fish a year through the auction and Quayside Distribution is transporting over 45,000 tonnes year.”

Dave Hill of Quayside said the company, which was not even in existence when the market first opened 12 years ago, had had a fleet of over 120 fish and seafood delivery lorries and had grown from just one vehicle in little more than a decade.

Steve Norton, chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, said Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises could be proud of its achievements. “The FMA is pleased to be supporting them because despite gloom in certain sections of the fishing industry, a lot of fish is still coming into Grimsby. In fact Grimsby is a unique brand in the seafood business.” 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.