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North Sea herring fishery draws to a close. The UK North Sea herring fishery is now drawing to a close with most vessels expected to have finished their quota by mid-September, says the Scottish Pelagic Processors Association.

Vessels are currently focusing their attention on grounds around the east of Orkney with top quality MSC certified herring being landed to Denholm Seafoods, Lunar and Northbay Pelagic in Peterhead, and Pelagia Shetland in Lerwick.

The majority of the herring is exported to Germany, with a small percentage going to the UK domestic market.
Once the herring fishery is completed, the Scottish pelagic fleet will start preparing for the new mackerel season, which will commence in October.

About SPPA

The Scottish Pelagic Processors Association (SPPA) has a close working relationship with UK pelagic fishermen, who land directly into our processing facilities, thus supporting a vital segment of the Scottish economy.

The Scottish onshore pelagic processing industry supports over 2,000 direct jobs, plus a large number of other jobs in associated support sectors.

Members of the Scottish Pelagic Processors Association (SPPA) supply a wide range of mackerel, herring and blue whiting products, including fresh, frozen, smoked and canned fish to UK retailers and wholesalers, as well as to major export customers.

Export sales alone are worth around £150m a year to the Scottish economy – and the processing sector – along with the pelagic fleet – is continually investing in new equipment, infrastructure and vessels to ensure it remains competitive in the global market.

The Scottish Pelagic Processors Association (SPPA) was established in 1976 (under its former name as the Herring Buyers Association) following the set up of Scottish Producer Organisations, with the aim of supporting and representing buyers and processors of pelagic species.

The SPPA is a founding member of the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group (SPSG). Through SPSG the Scottish industry has obtained certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) on all its herring fisheries.