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.
North West Scotland
Thursday saw 2500 boxes of fish up for auction. 1400 of these boxes being brought ashore by the “pair team” Boy John INS110 and Rosebloom INS353. This method of fishing is when one net is towed between the two boats.
400 boxes of their fish were cod, Britain’s favourite fish. Cod was sold this week on Peterhead’s market for an average price of £4.50 per kilo.
STAR BUY: COD. A very popular fish with its mild flavour and dense flaky, white flesh. Cods livers are processed to make cod liver oil. This is an important source of vitamin A, D and E and has omega-3 fatty acids. Atlantic cod is one of the most common used when eating your fish and chip supper!
South West England
The majority of the larger beam trawlers have now finished having their annual refits and have returned to sea, they have been putting maximum effort into fishing and landing weekly to the Brixham clock auction. The inshore day boat trawlers have started to catch cuttlefish, unfortunately with COVID-19 and European travel restrictions, the prices have been below average compared to last year.
After having a conversation with Barry Young of Brixham Trawler Agents, he is confident that the fishing season will remain buoyant throughout the remainder of 2020. He went on to say that there have been some substantial landings of overland fish from all over the Southwest including 3 lorry loads full of white fish such as hake from Newlyn plus some nice landings of handline caught mackerel from Weymouth. Unity, a large Irish trawler fishing in the English Channel, has been landing overland to Brixham with some decent catches of fish. Brixham has been extremely busy with over 75 tons of fish being sold at Tuesday’s market, 35 tons on Wednesday and with 7 beam trawlers due to land on Thursdays market it’s looking like another busy day for them.
North West England
Fleetwood, Whitehaven and Maryport
The inshore trawlers are coming to the end of the prawning season and the fishing has been mediocre. Scallop dredging season is on the horizon and it will not be long before these boats change over their gear, with vessels starting to fish with method from as soon as October 1st. The two remaining inshore trawlers in Fleetwood generally fish for skate, plaice, and dogfish with the majority of the fleet being made up from potters fishing for crabs or whelks.