GRIMSBY SUSPENDS FISH AUCTION
Grimsby Suspends Fish Auction – Grimsby Fish Market’s auction – which was about to drop to three days a week – will suspend all sales after today (27 March), with the quayside facility remaining open for landing and handling of pre-sold supplies, according to report in the Grimsby Telegraph.
The newspaper reports that fish and chip shops are closing the nation over due to coronavirsu, forcing a major shift in the UK seafood capital.
Chief executive of operator Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises, Martyn Boyers, told how Icelandic supply had been hit by coronavirus cases in the Westman Islands, where much of the fishing operates from.
He said: “The auction was quite strong yesterday (Monday), but due to the impact of isolation – prior to the speech from Boris Johnson – we were minded to go to a three-day week which seemed reasonable.
“Today (Tuesday) it collapsed, and it is not in anyone’s interest to continue.
“There is no point in catching and not getting a reasonable price.
Fishermen give up quota, returns are next to nothing, it is not worth doing.
“While not catching, quota remains, and they can wait until later in the year.”
Setting out what it means for England’s largest market – which was just recovering from three successive storms shorting supply – he said: “We are having to adjust our plan. It is to operate a market on Thursday, and after that close the auction, but still remain available for handling and landing on a pre-sold basis.”