Peterhead market reported a downturn in fish transferring throughout the public sale in 2021, which was beneath 1m containers for the primary time in a number of years, though this headline determine very a lot doesn’t inform the total story for the port, which stays the UK’s premier fishing harbour.
A spokesperson at Peterhead Port Authority advised Fishing Information: “Peterhead continues to flourish, and we proceed to see the port utilized by large sectors of the fleet, from small potters via to giant pelagic purse-seiners.
“2021 was general a greater 12 months than 2020, with the vessels diversifying all year long to make greatest use of their quota, and a rise in shellfish and pelagic landings.”
That solely 947,954 containers of whitefish have been bought on Peterhead fishmarket in 2021 however highlights the truth that among the challenges going through the trade in 2021 have been as nice as these seen in 2020.
In 2020, Peterhead’s one-millionth field of whitefish was bought in the marketplace on 12 November – regardless of all the problems attributable to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, when landings and costs quickly plummeted.
Measures carried out by the market to allow buying and selling to proceed via that lockdown and those who adopted included implementing a 5,000-box restrict on every market, elevated later in 2020 to six,500 containers, to permit large spacing between the field tiers and guarantee social distancing.
This has allowed continuity on the market, while the measures in place have ensured that no Covid outbreak has been related with Peterhead fishmarket for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
The momentary concern seen at first of 2021, when new Brexit paperwork slowed down export to the EU, forcing some Scottish whitefish vessels to land into Denmark at first of the 12 months, have been solved via shut working with Aberdeenshire environmental well being officers primarily based on the market.
Certainly, an sooner than normal opening of Peterhead fishmarket on 4 January this 12 months noticed a number of of the Scottish fleet return from touchdown in Hanstholm on the finish of December, to place part-trips in for the primary gross sales of the 12 months, when demand is usually very excessive.
Peterhead Port Authority stays upbeat concerning the prospects for the market in 2022. The spokesperson stated: “There’ll nonetheless be considerations that cod will act as a choke species, however we’ve entry to Norway waters, which can see a bigger run of fish are available, for which there’s very robust demand. There may be additionally the potential this 12 months to swap in additional cod.
“For the port as a complete, with its very large combination of vessels and landings, and the market itself, which stays very aggressive, we expect 2022 to be a very good 12 months.”
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