UK landings of cod and haddock have been generally down for some time. But the whole situation has been exacerbated this week by Icelandic fishermen taking a two-week annual holiday. This has sent prices sky-high as demand exceeds supply ­ even larger processors are paying more per tonne to guarantee quality. With reduced quotas and poor landings generally, the UK markets are only handling half of what they would normally expect. Scottish fishermen in particular are struggling to stay within quotas. Reports of cod being dumped at sea are becoming more frequent and many skippers are calling for the quota to be frozen or even increased. But researchers are adamant the North Sea stocks are in a critical state. Even Iceland has cut its own quotas by 30,000t from September so the UK can expect price increases in the foreseeable future. {{M/E MEAT }}

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