Haddock catching slows, but challenge still to come – Fishupdate.com

Haddock catching slows, but challenge still to come Published:  05 June, 2006

AS predicted, North Sea haddock catching has slowed in line with seasonal trends with about 32% of the UK allocation now netted.

However, saithe is showing a particularly high uptake with 49.5% of the North Sea allocation accounted for. Whiting, at 44%, is also high.

Hamish Gordon the chief executive of the

Aberdeen Fish Producers’ Organisation said today that the main haddock catching producer groupings were running ahead of the overall national uptake figure with the Aberdeen PO for example, already having accounted for 39% of its allocation.

However the overall UK figure indicated that haddock catching was now back where it should be in terms of lasting as long as possible this year.

“The problem will be controlling it when the bigger haddock fishery comes on in the autumn.”

Meanwhile, George MacRae, the secretary of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association said they were still hoping to be able to access additional haddock to bring availability more or less back in line with last year.

Talks were ongoing with both France and Norway in this respect and while these had to involve the EU, relative stability should ensure the lion’s share of any additional supply for the UK.

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