Tuesday, 21 October 2014
RECORD WEEK FOR WHITE FISH LANDINGS IN SHETLAND
A record 10,665 boxes were landed in Shetland this week. Sold through the electronic auction, their market value was close to £1 million.
The previous electronic auction record was 9,435 boxes, set in the final week of trading in 2013.
While this volume is likely to have been exceeded from time to time in the past, before reliable statistics were available, most commentators on the local industry agree that Shetland has not seen landings on this scale for at least a quarter of a century.
Martin Leyland , Auction Manager at Shetland Seafood Auctions Ltd., commented: “Although 2013 was already a record year for whitefish landings in the electronic auction period, the cumulative total for this year is now ahead of where it was at the same time in 2013, at close to 250,000 boxes.”
Brian Isbister, Chief Executive of the Shetland Fish Producers Organisation, added: “It is heartening for this Organisation to see its members’ year-long efforts to manage their quota opportunities being rewarded at a time of strong market demand and plenty of fish to catch.”