Grimsby Fish Market is owned by Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises Ltd.
Grimsby Fish Market’s auction forced to close amid coronavirus lockdown
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 07:00 (GMT + 9)
Fish and chip shops are closing the nation over, forcing a major shift in the UK seafood capital.
Grimsby Fish Market’s auction - which was about to drop to three days a week - will suspend all sales after Thursday, with the quayside facility remaining open for landing and handling of pre-sold supplies.
Chief executive of operator Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises, Martyn Boyers, told how Icelandic supply had been hit by coronavirus cases in the Westman Islands, where much of the fishing operates from.
He said: “The auction was quite strong yesterday (Monday), but due to the impact of isolation - prior to the speech from Boris Johnson - we were minded to go to a three-day week which seemed reasonable.
“Today (Tuesday) it collapsed, and it is not in anyone’s interest to continue.
“There is no point in catching and not getting a reasonable price.
Fishermen give up quota, returns are next to nothing, it is not worth doing.
“While not catching, quota remains, and they can wait until later in the year.”
Image: Ian Cooper/North Wales Live
Setting out what it means for England’s largest market - which was just recovering from three successive storms shorting supply - he said: “We are having to adjust our plan. It is to operate a market on Thursday, and after that close the auction, but still remain available for handling and landing on a pre-sold basis.”
With hotels and restaurants already closed, take-aways are rapidly following suit, with warnings from the Leeds-based National Federation of Fish Friers about being able to control social distancing - and the reputational damage of not doing so.
With queues on Friday evenings a regular sight, many are opting to take the government’s funding support instead of the risk.
Author: David Laister / GrimbyLive (Read the entire article here)