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Strong supply in Grimsby as fish is the dish for Easter

STRONG demand for Easter week has been reported by Grimsby Fish Market, with favourite haddock doubling in price over recent days.

Strong supply in Grimsby as fish is the dish for Easter

The auction yesterday (Monday, April 10) saw more than 2,600 boxes sold, with a total of 131,350kg changing hands as the run-up to Good Friday got off to a great start. 

Easter is traditionally the biggest spike in seafood consumption, and this year it could well build on Christmas 2016's four year high.

Virtually 90 per cent of the seafood auctioned yesterday was Icelandic, underlining the vital trade link which was quickly resurrected following the resolution of the two-month dispute involving Icelandic fishermen and their paymasters in late February.  

Martyn Boyers, chief executive of market operator Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises Ltd, said: “The sale was very good. “Supplies have been reasonable since the strike finished, and we saw prices up for haddock, the most popular species, with prices hitting £4 a kilo, which is double what it had been last week.”

Monday is the largest auction of the week, but Mr Boyers said supply looked good through to Thursday, with Irish, Faroese and Norwegian adding to the Icelandic contribution. 

Today saw a further 1,070 boxes sold, weighing 53,500kg. 

Post-Easter, auctions will resume on Tuesday, April 18. 

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