A DELEGATION from Grimsby was in Peterhead today in a bid to persuade the Scottish port to send some of its fish south.
The fact finding mission, set up by Seafish, included local seafood company chiefs and representatives from Seafood Grimsby and Humber.
Scotland is expected to receive higher quotas next year and Grimsby would like to be able to process some of that fish.
Peterhead is regarded as the UK’s most important fishing port, accounting for almost 80 per cent of the UK’s total white fish landings.
Even some Grimsby registered boats use the harbour facilities, sending their catches south by road.
Grimsby used to receive large overland supplies of cod and haddock from Scotland, but that source dried up more than a decade ago as catch quotas were tightened.
Now, with North Sea stocks returning to sustainable levels, there is hope that this supply can be opened up again.
And with Iceland, Grimsby’s main supplier, now processing more fish at home, the port is anxious to source as much fish as possible from other areas.
The Grimsby delegation had a networking session yesterday with the Scottish Seafood Association. It was also given an insight into the future of the Scottish seafood sector.
Later, the delegation met the Peterhead Port Authority and was given an overview of how current landing obligations affect the Peterhead market.
Today members are being taken on a tour of the fish market and the Aberdeen based processor Nolan Seafoods.
Steve Norton, chief executive of Seafood Grimsby and Humber and the Grimsby FMA, said the purpose of the visit was to explore what Peterhead and Scotland had to offer.
‘There are many possibilities, which could include Scottish vessels landing in Grimsby, particularly during the spring plaice season, to Scottish fish being sent down to us by road for direct processing or sold on our market.
‘Only by meeting members of the industry in Scotland can we establish what those opportunities are.’