Quality from North Sea herring fishery is "excellent" – Fishupdate.com

Quality from North Sea herring fishery is “excellent” Published:  14 July, 2006

Iain MacSween

THE North Sea herring fishery is producing top-quality fish, according to a leading industry figure.

Iain MacSween, the chief executive of the Scotish Fishermen’s Organisation, told Fishupdate that excellent prices were being paid for bigger herring at around £250 a tonne.

“I think what has helped the market is the way that boats have staggered their operations.”

The mackerel market was looking positive for later in the year,he added.

On white fish prices, there were some signs of easing back, for example for saithe.

Meanwhile, increasing demand for prawn tails for the scampi market is helping to fuel prawn sector optimism.

Robert Stevenson of the West of Scotland Fish Producers’ Organisation said:

“The market has gone up because processors have increased their demand-the demand for tails is really what has pushed the market up this year.”

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