Young’s deal saves fishing jobs Published: 20 September, 2005
A NEW supply arrangement agreed this week has secured the future of ten fishing vessels in the County Down port of Ardglass.
Following the closure of a regional processing company, the boats had no buyer for their langoustine (also known as scampi or Dublin Bay prawn) until the UK’s biggest seafood company, Young’s, stepped in.
The new deal guarantees that Young’s will buy from ten additional vessels in Ardglass, which means that it is now buying from 21 boats out of the port’s total scampi fleet of 25.
Mike Mitchell, director of scampi for Young’s, has met key Northern Irish politicians at a meeting at Stormont to explain the background to the deal and Young’s involvement in environmental research and traceability projects in the UK scampi industry.
He says, “We were absolutely delighted to have been able to secure this new supply arrangement in Ardglass.
” Sales of all kinds of seafood are growing rapidly in the UK, and it is great news that we have been able to secure an additional top quality source of raw material which will help us in our plans to develop the market further.”
Young’s is the UK’s leading seafood company and a major buyer of whole langoustine (Nephrops norvegicus) from the Irish Sea and Scottish west coast. Langoustine is a highly prized species and now the UK’s most important fishery by value.
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