Grimsby merchants enjoy another week of bumper supplies Published: 04 August, 2006
FISH merchants at Grimsby have enjoyed another week of bumper supplies.
More than 15,000 boxes were sold on the market, bringing the total to over 30,000 boxes for the last two weeks. Again Icelandic fish was in the dominance and there were large amounts of haddock which dramatically drove down prices.
The best day was Monday when over 6,600 boxes were paraded – more than half of it haddock. As a result large haddocks were fetching between £1.20 and £1.35 per kilo, but cod was much firmer at up to £2.45 per kilo. All quoted prices are head on, ungutted.
The trend continued with 3,000 boxes on Tuesday and a further 4,000 boxes on Wednesday. Cod prices climbed up to £2.80 per kilo while haddock prices again hit the floor. On Thursday (2,000 boxes on display) the market took on a very strange mood with some small haddock selling at just 10p per kilo, but very large cod soaring to £5.50 per kilo. One merchant said: “If it is haddock you want Grimsby has plenty of it and it is very cheap.”
The onset of cooler weather and the start of the seaside holiday season is expected to improve trade with extra demand from fish and chip shops, but another heatwave is forecast for later in the month, which usually has a dampening effect on business. While not as large as Grimsby, Hull’s Fishgate market also had a good week with haddock once again dominating the scene.
Steve Norton, chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, said: “While we could have done with more cod, this is all good for the port. The great thing about Grimsby is that everything that appears on the market is always sold. Nothing is left – which is one of our many strengths.”
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