What's happening in the seafood world?

What's happening in the seafood world?

24th March 2018.
The Brexit debacle continues to reveal the complications that few voters understood when they said to themselves 'we want our country back 'in 2016.
Fisheries have been in the news of late as David Davies has now 'sold British fishermen down the river'. This evocative subject has been brought to the fore by the leavers as the reason why we should get out. For me this is a classic case of closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. The British fishing industry was sold down the river many decades ago and trying to get it back would be futile. We, as Brits, have very few boats these days; we have a gesture of fisheries protection vessels and very few British fishermen to crew any boats that we do have. My Aberdonian fish merchant friend told me the other day that along with Eastern bloc fishermen much of the Scottish fleet were crewed by Filipinos. After a hard Brexit I guess these foreign workers would be sent home!
The fact remains that continental folk prefer to eat more fish than we do and will pay for the right. Much of the British fish quota has been bought be Spanish, Dutch and other 'Foreigners' who own British flagged vessels to supply their home market. Much of the fish we can catch post Brexit is not consumed by the British anyway but exported to the continent tariff free with seamless border controls. If the EU slaps WTO rules on these imports there will be no incentive for the British fleet to get out there and catch it. Can you imagine the situation of a truckload of British fresh fish sat in a convoy at Dover waiting for the paperwork to be stamped; duty paid and passed by the Anglophobic frogs? The rotting cargo would have to be tipped back from whence it came.
Whether you are a Brexiteer or like me a Remoaner the case for getting our country back is dead in the water. When David Cameron gave the British people the option to vote in or out, as a sop to UKIP of course, did he envisage this nightmare scenario? Paradoxically the bulk of Parliamentarians wish to remain but they are shackled by the will of the people. Demaaacracy, as George Bush put it, will ruin our country. Owen smith had the balls this week to state the bleedin' obvious by suggesting a second vote. The shadow Northern Ireland secretary, a man painfully aware of the consequences of a divided Ireland, lost his job. Crazy!

20th August 2017.
Front page news today in the Sunday Times 'A leading British supermarket may unwittingly have infected thousands of people with a pig virus that causes liver cirrhosis and neurological damage, say researchers at Public Health England'
Here we go again; eat meat and you will die a painful death we are told with increasing regularity. Well it has to be true that when you force feed animals in cages and pump them up with drugs or breed them to make more of this part or that then you WILL get issues. Wait until the chlorinated chicken post Brexit from the U.S. finds its way into Nandos or KFC, the nation will starve to death!
Well of course I will say that fish is better for you. But think about it the wild fish we sell at Premier Seafoods is untouched by anything resembling a hypodermic syringe or been near a man from Glaxo Smith Kline so it's bound to be 'clean'. When was the last time you heard 'cod gives you liver cirrhosis' or haddock gives you cancer. It's a no brainer, if you are worried about what goes in your mouth just eat wild seafood.

29 June 2017. Good news for fish and chips!!!
Iceland raises cod and haddock catch quotas.
ICELAND has significantly raised its cod and haddock quotas for the new fishing year which begins on September 1st. The decision, particularly on haddock is certain to be welcomes by processors in the UK and Europe. Haddock remains a firm favourite in Britain.

The Mini­ster of Fis­heries has decided that the catch quota for cod should be raised to 255,172 metric tons, up by around 11,000 tons on the current fishing year. The figure is slightly less than the 257,572 tons recommended by Iceland's Marine Research Institute.

The haddock quota goes up by over 5,000 tons to 39,890 tons. This is the first significant haddock increase for some time and shows that the stock, which was causing some concern not so long ago, is now making a sustained recovery.

Interesting article in the papers today 4th March 2017;

Eating oily fish such as salmon or mackerel and taking omega-3 supplements may mitigate the damaging effects of air pollution, a study suggests.
Scientists also found for the first time that microscopic airborne grit can spread from the lungs to other parts of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and testicles, suggesting that smog could play a role in some cases of infertility.
One of the deadliest categories of pollutant is PM2.5 particles, which have been linked to heart failure, lung disease, diabetes and cancer. Much of this is blamed on the way fine granules irritate cells and raise levels of inflammation, one of the biggest risk factors for these conditions.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School discovered that they could spare mice between a third and a half of this effect by administering doses of omega-3 fatty acids. The mice breathed in grains designed to simulate PM2.5 twice a week for six weeks. Half were then put on a normal diet for two months while the rest were given extra omega-3 supplements. The omega-3 mice had about 40 per cent less inflammation at the end.
The particles not only invaded the lungs of the mice but also entered other organs, including the brain and the testes. The findings are published in the journal Biochimica et Biophysica Acta.
Richard Russell, honorary medical adviser to the British Lung Foundation, said that there was growing preliminary evidence for the benefits of omega-3.
At present the NHS advises people to ask their doctor before taking the supplements, although it has endorsed oily fish, which are also rich in the molecule. If you’re living in a high-pollution area or if you’ve got pre-existing lung disease, will it do you any harm? No,Dr Russell said. Will it do you any good? It might do.

The Times Sunday 12th February.

The price of fish and chips could rise in the coming weeks as a strike by Icelandic fishermen threatens the UK's supply of fresh cod and haddock.

The dispute, which centres on Icelandic trawlermen wanting a larger share of the value of their catch, is now hitting the UK fishing industry, with Grimsby hit particularly hard by reduced stock levels.

Grimsby fish market, Britain's biggest importer of fresh Icelandic fish, has been forced to reduce one fifth of its workforce – with staff cut from 32 to 26.

The price of whole cod is £2.80 to £3 per kilogram with haddock at £2.20 to £3.30 per kg and on Tuesday just 514 boxes of fish were offered for auction, which was described as the "least supply ever".

Now there are fears cod and haddock prices could rise due to limited availability of Icelandic fish.

"It is a question of how long the strike goes on and the longer it goes on, the worse it gets," said Martyn Boyers, chief executive of the group that operates Grimsby fish market.

"Iceland is one of the main suppliers of fish into the UK. It has hit our business particularly badly because we do rely on Icelandic fish.

"In due course there will be a knock-on effect as there will be less fish available and if the demand stays the same then generally the price will go up."

Two thirds of the fish sold at Grimsby fish market comes from Iceland and stock levels are around 50% down.

"We have had to lay people off, which is unfortunate for them as it is not their fault," Mr Boyers said.

"We have been closely linked to Iceland for so long we are not able to switch as quickly to get other supplies.

"I wouldn't say the industry is going to implode but there is a big change in the way fish comes to market and is sourced."

Mr Boyers said the Iceland government had to resolve the crisis with the trawlermen before prices rose in the UK.

"There is a reluctance to increase prices. I think it is going to be difficult and everyone is trying to cut their costs," he said.

"But if the raw material has gone up in price and there is nothing you can do about it...

"There does appear to be an impasse in Iceland with the negotiations and there will be a requirement in the UK for people to pay more money.

"There is nothing we can do. I have spoken to the UK fisheries minister before and I have spoken to the Iceland Ambassador to the UK personally and they want the dispute resolved as much as we do.

"It is very much an Icelandic thing and there is nothing we can do."

Happy new year to all..
We are now open for business however fresh fish supplies can be limited at the start of the year as fishermen also have holidays.
Place your order and if there are supply problems we'll get in touch.

August 22nd.

Headline in the Daily Mail today.
Tired? Eat mussels. High blood pressure? Munch on mackerel: Expert reveals why seafood really is a superfood.
For me there's never been any doubt but it's always nice to get a confirmation..

It doesn't appear in our diet very often, but protein and nutrient-rich crab is the ultimate superfish.
In particular, the brown meat is packed with calcium, which is important for bone health.
The brown meat also contains iron for making red blood cells and preventing tiredness.
Both brown and white meat are exceptionally high in copper - a 140g serving white meat provides more than enough (and brown meat even more).
Brown crab meat in particular is packed with calcium, vital for bone health and iron, for making red blood cells and preventing tiredness
This is great news as this mineral helps to keep our immune system working properly.
Both are also loaded with zinc, a nutrient that's vital for fertility, as well as selenium, which acts as an antioxidant and so helps to protect cells from damage.

King crab is expensive but we have plenty of the common brown crab at a fraction of the price. Search the site and see the plethora of crabs and crab products caught around our own shores which tick all the health boxes.

July 3rd.
Well it looks like we are coming out of Europe. The European project for all its faults, to me, is generally the way forward and the exit is a backward step. Yes we can now 'paddle our own canoe' and be independent in the global economy. This is fine but I remember the days pre-EU when exporting or importing fish across the Channel was awash with the red tape everyone wants to get rid of. Yes we used to have a sizable fishing fleet which has now gone so who will fish our once rich inshore fishing grounds when we take back control? Will fishermen invest in boats to catch fish which the intrinsic UK population don't generally buy? Will the Europeans buy our fish with an import duty slapped on it by Brussels? We have given all our North Sea fish to the Danes, Dutch, Belgians and French over the past 40 years and there's not much left for us now. Will the UK government spend fortunes on fishery protection vessels to police our vast coastline? I don't think so.
The vote to leave, in my opinion, was a protest against the establishment. As with most elections there was a backlash against the incumbents with the big issue being immigration. Consequently our currency has dropped in value so food, fuel and fish will, in fact already has, increased in price. In Grimsby half the workers in the fish factories are foreign EU nationals, they work hard, don't complain, and just get on with it. I know because I have a Lithuanian who works for us. Who will do this work in the future? Who will pick our soft fruit and vegetables? Who will work in our NHS and wipe our backsides? Who will clean our cars? Most of us Brits are too lazy - fact. We need hard working immigrants which contribute to our economy and as a bonus the EU ones don't want to blow us up!
My grandfather was shot, and obviously survived the First World War; my father was in the Royal Navy in the second trying to rid Europe of tyranny. For me there has been too much British blood shed on European fields to simply walk away.
The decision has been made so we have to get on with it. I like to think in the short term not much will change notwithstanding the currency issue. Thankfully we have at least two years for the new regime to be put in place. A lot can happen in this time and I hope common sense will prevail and ease our withdrawal smoothly. Fingers crossed.

June 10th. Wild salmon and seatrout now coming into Grimsby. So much tastier than its farmed cousin.
Samphire is another seasonal product now appearing this time of year..

May 8th.
Fire at Atkinson's fish smoke house! The headlines in The Grimsby Evening Telegraph last week. The problem with smoking fish in the traditional way is that you need fire and that has its own inherent dangers. The chimneys were a century old and now they are a pile of ashes. Thankfully we have our haddock smoked at another site; there are five traditional smoke houses still in use in Grimsby. Two web sites that you might find interesting; firstly the flames leap from the smokehouse. http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Grimsby-fish-firm-Manager-devastated-smokehouse/story-29219882-detail/story.html Then take a look at http://gtfsgroup.co.uk/ for a list of the traditional fish smokers in Grimsby.

April 11th
Eat more fish?
Take a look at this BBC clip. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/headlines/35884051
Paste this into your browser and see why our asian cousins live longer than we do!

Easter 2016
Grimsby, where Premier Seafoods and Kingcrab.co.uk originate from has had a bit of bad press recently. Sacha Baron Cohen AKA Alli G. amongst other aliases has decided to call his new movie Grimsby. I don't know why but I think the theory behind it is that Grimsby is a long forgotten dead end town situated in a far flung corner of Lincolnshire that harbours a culture of depravity and degradation as depicted in the TV series 'Skint'. Well naturally like all Northern towns it has its bad bits but there are other areas and assets that Grimsby has which should be noted. The fishing industry has more or less finished but there is still far more fish processed here than any other place in the U.K.
Take a look at this item www.coachmag.co.uk/entertainment/5147/9-reasons-we-should-all-pack-up-and-move-to-grimsby it's not all bad and you can still get the best seafood in the country!

New year 2016.
Happy, prosperous, healthy, all the adjectives I have missed, New Year.
Really sorry to disappoint many customers old and new when we had to close down the site just before Christmas, my apologies. The balance is doing a proper job for those who have ordered early and fixed their delivery date and the casual browser who just wants value seafood for the Christmas period. Our orders triple this time of year and we only have the staff for double.
It's early to be talking about next year but things will change so we don't let folks down.

Lobster wars!
It seems Lidl and Tesco are head to head battling to get your frozen lobster trade this festive season.
Lidl are a fiver (£4.99 actually) for a 330 gram specimen and Tesco are £6.00 for a bigger size (400 grams). Both are cooked from Canada where lobsters are plentiful. They are both MSC which means that they are from a sustainable source so you can eat without the guilt. This said if you are a 'Greeny' and have a planet saving ethic then think about the carbon footprint, Canada is 3000 miles away!
We sell the same animal at £6.30 but that's delivered to your door. They're ok but nothing like the local species which we also sell cooked or live, search lobster on the site for both. .These are 3 times the price for a reason; the Canadian 'Homarus americanus' just doesn't taste as nice after cooking and freezing in a sleeve of water. The European lobster 'Homarus gammarus' cooked live is tender and juicy and generally more meat per kilo. So the supermarkets can fight over this loss leader 'till the cows come home but for the discerning take the European lobster - better by far.
I would just add that if you want a fresh lobster for Christmas then I am happy to take your order and we may well get them but like all wild fresh seafood there's no guarantee we will be able to deliver. Let's hope the winds don't blow late December.