News from the Ports: 13th May

Each week Clive Palfrey, Regional Safety Adviser for Seafood Cornwall Training, provides an update on the comings and goings from the UK’s fishing ports and markets. Pulled together from skippers and merchants across the country this piece provides an insight into the UK’s fishing fleets and the amazing range of seafood they land every day.

MSC Hake caught today by Simon Porter, skipper/owner of The Karen of Ladram PW3

MSC Hake caught today by Simon Porter, skipper/owner of The Karen of Ladram PW3

South West England


There were some good landings of Hake moving towards the end of last week by the local netting fishing boats, unfortunately the demand for them was poor and they sold for low prices.

One of the largest Beam Trawlers in Newlyn the “St George” landed its fish of 180 boxes after a ten day trip on Monday. The next Beam trawler isn’t expected until Thursday so its looking like a very quiet week for Newlyn market. The inshore handlining for Mackerel has also now temporarily dispersed due to the big tide and Easterly wind.

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Northern Ireland


A local skipper quoted “if we don’t go back to sea soon and start earning, the industry faces financial ruin.”

In Kilkeel, twin rig prawn trawlers are still unable to go to sea, having now been “tied up” for over seven weeks. The skippers  are now hoping that that the prawn processing factories will now reopen as the nation moves into the second phase of lockdown. To find local seafood in Kilkeel, search via our interactive map.


North East England

North Shields

The fleet here consists of 30 prawn trawlers which have been tied to the side of the quay since lockdown. This is due to the hospitality industry being forced to close.

The odd “day boat” has been able to go to sea to fish and sell their catch directly to the general public. However after having a conversation with the skipper of the Stella-Maris, Colin Graham, there have been talks of one local processor starting up to to try the markets. He sees this short term future as being bleak and a long way to go before any normality.

North East Scotland


There were just over 4000 boxes of fish on Peterhead Market on Monday.

The main Species were as follows:

  • 775 boxes of Cod prices between £3.16- £7.76 per Kilo
  • 727 boxes of Megrim which sold for between £1.30-£3.50 per Kilo
  • 364 boxes of Monkfish landed with the small monk unusually making more money than the large. With the best price being £3.50 per Kilo.

Head of Fishing at the Port of Peterhead, Peter Duncan, said that there isn’t a person or business that has not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. His advice was that the industry has to work together to get through this difficult time and move forward as one industry.

South East England

Julie Waites, Seafish 

Billingsgate Fish Market remains open, allowing 10 members of the public onto the market floor at once. Priority access is given to NHS workers between 4.00am – 5.00am. A variety of species can be purchased. Closed on a Sunday and Monday.

This week’s windy weather will prohibit some inshore fishing; some wild Seabass may still be available later in the week, weather dependent along with other locally caught species such as Huss, wild black bream, skate and crab.

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