Our Summer market report provides the latest information on all the main fish and seafood species.
View 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.
Good picks from buyers this season include:
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Fish market report
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.
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Latest news from the seafood industry
Plastic-fed insects could be viable aquafeed, study finds
Insects fed on plastic could be a viable part of the diet for farmed fish, a Glasgow-based study has suggested.
SalmoSim, an in-vitro gut salmon gut simulator based at the University of Glasgow, has found that waxworms fed on plastic waste are as digestible for farmed salmon as other commercially available insect meals.
Waxworms are the larvae of the wax moth Galleria mellonella. Evolved to eat the detritus inside beehives, including beeswax, the caterpillar larvae can even digest polyethylene, which is inedible for most other organisms. They are able to do this with help from the bacteria in their gut. Waxworms are currently used as feed for pet reptiles, amphibians and birds.
Eating wild caught fish better for environment than meat or crops
Eating wild caught fish is better for the environment and biodiversity than consuming meat or crops, says leading international marine scientist Professor Ray Hilborn.
Fish is the perfect protein, he told a Deepwater Group fisheries symposium in Wellington.
Hilborn, professor of aquatic and fishery science at the University of Washington in the US, said fish is a healthy, animal-sourced protein that can be enjoyed without polluting the air and water, without drying up our rivers, without draining the life from soil, without causing our planet to warm even more and without adversely impacting on diabetes, heart disease and cancer rates.
“Fish can be caught with almost no water use, no herbicides or pesticides, no antibiotics and no soil erosion,” he said.
Recipe Corner | Cured & smoked mackerel with rye toast.
Served with mustard cream, beetroot & red watercress
Mackerel are round, pelagic fish caught by line or pelagic trawled.
World's first octopus farm proposals alarm scientists
A plan to build the world's first octopus farm has raised deep concerns among scientists over the welfare of the famously intelligent creatures.
The farm in Spain’s Canary Islands would raise about a million octopuses annually for food, according to confidential documents seen by the BBC.
They have never been intensively farmed and some scientists call the proposed icy water slaughtering method “cruel.”
The Spanish multinational behind the plans denies the octopuses will suffer.
The confidential planning proposal documents from the company, Nueva Pescanova, were given to the BBC by the campaign organisation Eurogroup for Animals.
Recipe Corner | Butter steamed plaice
Served with warm tartare butter sauce, pickled cucumber salad with crunchy frickles
Plaice are commonly the cheaper and most abundant of the flat fish and make an excellent menu item whole, or as fillet.
Rapid uptick in unregulated squid fishing raises overexploitation concerns
Global squid fisheries increased their collective fishing effort by 68 percent over the past three years, and 86 percent of that effort has taken place in unregulated areas of the high seas, according to new research.
The rapid increase has many global fisheries experts concerned about overexploitation of squid stocks, the potential for the expansion of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and the fate of small-scale fishers reliant on squid catches to make ends meet.
In March 2023, research published in “Science Advances” titled, “Fishing through the cracks: The unregulated nature of global squid fisheries,” reported that from 2017 to 2020, there was an increase in annual vessel days targeting squid from 149,000 to 251,000 and a total of 4.4 million hours of fishing time, largely in unregulated areas.
Why are highly protected marine areas so controversial?
The Scottish government is facing calls to scrap its controversial plans for Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs).
The proposals to restrict fishing and other human activities in some coastal areas are designed to protect wildlife and the environment.
But members of the fishing industry, Highland and island communities and even some SNP MSPs have raised concerns about the scheme.
A Scottish Tory motion considered by MSPs on Wednesday called for the scheme to be “fundamentally reconsidered”.
Fried shark species back on the menu for UK fish and chip shops
A locally caught shark species could return to menus at fish and chip shops and restaurants across the UK following a change in government rules.
On 1 April, commercial fishermen were given permission to catch north-east Atlantic spurdog in UK waters.
The species, also known as rock salmon or spiny dogfish, had been on the prohibited list in UK and EU waters for around five years, but was removed after the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) advised that stock is recovering in the region.
The fish is known to have a meatier, firmer texture and a stronger flavour compared to cod or haddock.
Recipe Corner | Crispy battered coley
Served with traditional mushy peas, tartare sauce, grilled lime, chargrilled salad, salted capers and chips.
Coley is still a good alternative to Cod and Haddock. We often tout this as a buyer’s recommendation as we believe it’s a great white fish – deserving of its place on the menu as a sustainable and underutilised species.
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