Our summer market report provides the latest information on all the main fish and seafood species. Including seasonal updates on all the farmed and wild species of fish and shellfish, along with info on deli lines and a selection of the latest industry stories from around the world.

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Our summer market report provides the latest information on all the main fish and seafood species. Including seasonal updates on all the farmed and wild species of fish and shellfish, along with info on deli lines and a selection of the latest industry stories from around the world.

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Disclaimer – the market report is a guide using information from our buyers who have a wealth of experience. Other influences still effect greatly the market place, weather, seasonal changes, supply and demand in retail and catering alongside exchanges rates.

Farmed fish

Sea Bass and Gilthead Bream

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Salmon and Trout

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

Halibut

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

Other farmed species

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

Wild fish

Flat fish

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

White fish

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

Round fish

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

Cephalopods

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

Exotics

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

Shellfish

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

Smoked, deli and frozen fish

Smoked fish

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

Deli

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

Frozen fish

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In recent weeks, salmon prices have shot up due to a combination of holidays, less harvesting and producers stocking a new generation of fish. Prices hit a level that we have not seen since before the global pandemic. Salmon prices have moved up and down considerably this year. It’s hard to tell whether this is just due to the uncertainty of trade, or whether it will be more sustained. We would typically expect salmon prices to ease as we head into July and August, but this is not a typical year. Stay in contact with your account manager over price movements. Seek an alternative if you are looking for stability as we expect price fluctuations to continue.

UK trout remains a sound option with stable pricing and more reliable local supplies. The UK farmed we stock will either be the larger fish from ChalkStream®, or smaller fish farmed in Wiltshire. We also have sea reared trout available. This is currently predominantly from Scotland, but there is some Norwegian Fjord trout available. Sea reared trout is another great alternative for salmon – although the price tends to track at a similar level as it is a natural first choice alternative.

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Latest news from the seafood industry

MSC Seaspiracy response

Sustainable fishing does exist and helps protect our oceans.

The Seaspiracy film on Netflix raises a wide range of issues relating to our oceans, including questioning the credibility of the sustainable seafood movement and in particular, our organisation, the Marine Stewardship Council. While we agree more attention needs to be given to the crisis of overfishing, we do want to set the record straight on some of the misleading claims in the film.

Source (full article) - fishfocus.co.uk

Salmon industry making major sustainability strides

The farmed salmon industry has emerged as one of the most environmentally conscious and sustainable food production methods in the world, a new report finds.

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) has just published its Annual Sustainability Report, providing eight years of data across 14 key indicators – 10 environmental and four social – and it paints a highly encouraging picture.
The GSI is a CEO-led initiative of 13 salmon farming companies, representing 40% of the global salmon production industry with all members fully committed to showing measurable progress in the sustainability of their operations through greater collaboration, transparency and innovation.

Source (full article) - fishfarmermagazine.com

We must protect our oceans

We must protect our oceans – but giving up seafood is not the solution.

There’s no doubt Netflix’s most recent documentary about oceans, Seaspiracy, has caused quite a stir. But, it is great that the role of seafood in the future of food-debate and health of our oceans are being talked about outside of the fish pond.
“It is just a shame the programme’s “solution” to save our oceans is to give
up seafood all together. That is the last thing we should do – the world needs more food from the ocean, not less,” says Renate Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council.
“The public outcry caused by the documentary is very understandable. Many of the issues highlighted in the documentary are totally unacceptable and requires debate and devoted focus
by leaders at the highest level. Unfortunately, the programme uses outdated facts and paints a one-sided picture of an incredibly diverse industry where there are both good and bad players,” says Larsen.

Source (full article) - fishfocus.co.uk

Lobster hatchery beats target by nearly three months

Orkney Shellfish Hatchery (OSH) has announced the successful hatching of its first run of European clawed lobsters for 2021, almost three months earlier than initially expected. The land- based hatchery is raising lobsters to help replenish wild stocks.

The hatchery, part of the Cadman Capital Group’s Aquaculture portfolio, announced its plans to trial on-land production for lobsters in September last year, and said at the time that it expected the pilot run would complete around May 2021.

Source (full article) - fishfarmermagazine.com

UK waters are home again to the Bluefin Tuna

Marine scientists in the UK and Ireland have analysed multiple datasets, spanning a 16-year period, to document the increase in bluefin, which arrive into the waters of the Celtic Seas and off SW England, the Scilly Isles, and NW Ireland to feed in late summer and autumn.

The research is part of the and Defra-funded ‘Thunnus UK’ research project. Thunnus UK was established to improve knowledge of this species, as an essential first step in ensuring a positive future for Atlantic bluefin tuna around the UK.

Source (full article) - fishfocus.co.uk

Additional love seafood marketing activity to be delivered by Seafish

Seafood businesses encouraged to support campaign featuring species caught by UK fishing fleet at crucial time for industry.

Seafish, the public body that supports the UK seafood industry, has announced it will deliver additional Love Seafood campaign activity this spring, featuring UK fish and shellfish. Love Seafood is a 20-year initiative to shift seafood consumption levels in the UK, and over time will feature many different species and product types as it seeks to change attitudes.
The past year has been challenging for many seafood businesses as they faced the impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Despite significant setbacks in 2020, caused by the pandemic, retail continues to perform well.

Source (full article) - fishfocus.co.uk

Norway Cod and Haddock certification status update

Inshore and offshore North East Arctic cod catch remains MSC certified until further notice and maximum 6 more months.

  • Offshore North East Arctic haddock has a new MSC certification
  • Inshore North East Arctic haddock no longer MSC certified

Planned changes to the MSC certification of North East Arctic haddock caught by Norwegian fishery, Norges Fiskarlag, came into effect on 26th of April 2021, while its North East Arctic cod certification has been temporarily extended up to maximum 6 more months, the Marine Stewardship
Council has confirmed.

Source (full article) - fishfocus.co.uk

The world needs more food from the ocean

The world needs more food from the ocean. The goal, as part of Mowi’s mission to lead the Blue Revolution, is to sustainably produce more food from the ocean to feed a growing world population.

Mowi believes that producing more food from the ocean is an integral part of dealing with major challenges faced by humanity, such as food security and climate change. Salmon is farmed with
a low carbon footprint, space for farming in the ocean is plentiful, and as far as animal protein goes – it’s about as healthy as it gets. By producing food
at a sustainable scale, there is every opportunity to position the aquaculture industry in the driver’s seat to tackle global challenges – this is at the very core of Mowi’s vision of Leading the
Blue Revolution.

Source (full article) - fishfocus.co.uk

UK prawn farmer goes into administration

The pioneering company has blamed a fall in demand caused by the closure of restaurants during the long coronavirus lockdowns. Around 18 jobs at the company will be lost.

It opened two years ago in the Scottish village of Balfron in Stirlingshire with
a plan to harvest up to a million Litopenaeus vannamei (Pacific whiteleg shrimp) prawns in the first few months of operation. Great British Prawns was also a leader in its field through developing aquaculture technology and sustainable energy will produce warm water king prawns in clear and clean water. Up to that point king prawns came mainly from Asia and Central America.

Source (full article) - fishfocus.co.uk

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