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Fish (Imports)

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, in view of the disquiet in the fishing industry due to imports of foreign fish into British ports which are sold at prices far below what can be obtained by British fishermen, he will take steps to reduce these imports by granting proper quotas to the British fishing industry, whose level of income has fallen while costs have continued to rise.

The weekly catch quotas are imposed for certain stocks to ensure the United Kingdom catch does not exceed a reasonable share of the recommended TAC. These quotas are set at levels which strike as fair a balance as possible between the sectors of the catching industry concerned. The

TOTAL IMPORTS OF FISH BY VARIETY
(Fresh, chilld and frozen)
January-June
197719781979
tonnes£1,000tonnes£1,000tonnes£1,000
Frozen fillets
Coated with batter or bread-crumbs1,3982,1811,8443,0588511,340
Cod35,01239,30946,56653,79026,45430,089
Haddock4,0004,5796,8567,9374,2635,221
Saithe7714641,8671,2011,186785
Plaice1,2211,4871,2751,719637884
Hake4,8522,8463,5702,1262,2761,172
Other2,6202,1394,0042,949948763
Other frozen fish
Cod10,3665,3018,9314,6714,8853,043
Haddock753414791392613399
Saithe46416177623315144
Plaice574295967442443251
Herring1,6046816,1672,8393,0561,546
Salmon3,1076,9434,45710,4081,7333,740
Mackerel135311883921869
Hake4,6301,6063,7001,5012,034715
Other7,0175,6399,5337,1374,6503,463
Fresh (including chilled)
Cod16,2737,70943,25320,88631,05015,981
Haddock1,0604895,3492,7885,3132,878
Sathie2,2396062,9087461,264394
Plaice12,1065,33815,9618,6268,4184,471
Herring9633142,8771,1581,293503
Marckerel621678221271,422158
Salmon1646203131,0792411,033
Trout179260159231103156
Other7,5785,4329,9766,8317,4803,861
Total, fresh, chilled and frozen119,69794,911183,100142,914110,98383,139

quota levels are not related to the level of imports.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list all the imports of fish into the United Kingdom in the years 1977, 1978 and 1979; into which ports the fish were landed; from what country the fish was imported; and what price was obtained for each species landed.

The figures requested are given in the tables below. The main ports involved in this trade during the period January 1977 to June 1979 were:

TyneLondon
Hull(inc. Tilbury)
ImminghamDover
GrimsbySouthampton
Great YarmouthLiverpool
HarwichAberdeen

IMPORTS OF FISH BY COUNTRY
YEAR: 1977

Country

Frozen filletsFresh chilled and other frozen
tonnes£1,000tonnes£1,000
EEC
Belgium-Luxembourg96913,1801,586
Denmark2,8403,9478,0995,007
France7227376,6712,556
West Germany2,0022,0292,0061,039
Irish Republic2832524,5674,747
Netherlands1,0561,08221,15311,203
Italy2832531303
Total7,0278,17046,20726,441
EFTA
Iceland5,1765,3571,316779
Norway29,24033,1334,6822,954
Other56471,294382
Total34,47238,5377,2924,115
Other countries
Faroe Islands2,2342,523887422
Canada6643332,0662,302
Republic of South Africa (including South West Africa)2291462,693854
Japan63506691,156
Poland9032870327
USA25212,0002,905
Other5,0603,1937,1493,384
Total8,3656,29816,33411,350
All countries total49,86453,00569,83341,906

IMPORTS OF FISH BY COUNTRY
YEAR: 1978

Country

Frozen filletsOther frozen fishFresh and chilled
tonnes£1,000tonnes£1,000tonnes£1,000
EEC
Belgium-Luxembourg10612051977,6284,303
Denmark4,6216,4732,7122,41611,9496,603
France5305227434396,0322,231
West Germany3,3773,6161,8849862,6021,169
Irish Republic2071948662,0566,6554,187
Netherlands7588471,0251,38529,56715,843
Italy16136724002829
Total9,61511,7857,9537,77964,46134,365
EFTA
Faroe Islands2,6143,153522345964454
Iceland10,15611,2143,6762,11012,2105,612
Norway37,22742,5844,5453,0012,8021,151
Other55591,30033217742
Total50,05257,01010,0445,78816,1537,259
Other countries
Canada2,8811,9256,0324,213785441
Republic of South Africa (including South West Africa)119721,425420
Japan810333420

*

5
Poland853171
USA43433,0215,6262749
Other3,2541,9355,8493,194192353
Total6,3053,98517,51314,0951,004848
All countries total65,97272,78035,51027,66281,61842,472

* indicates less than 500kg.

IMPORTS OF FISH BY COUNTRY
YEAR: JANUARY-JUNE 1979

Country

Frozen filletsOther frozen fishFresh and chilled
tonnes£1,000tonnes£1,000tonnes£1,000
EEC
Belgium-Luxembourg

*

*

30393,9362,266
Denmark3,3634,1702,3352,10311,6255,278
France1,4901,4852381713,6181,423
West Germany1,5681,717833426988430
Irish Republic97855062914,6582,831
Netherlands53966884160218,39610,250
Italy221871399082
Total7,0598,1274,9703,77143,31122,560
EFTA
Iceland5,9856,7771,9591,0319,3544,481
Norway18,91421,7552,4891,6542,7961,732
Other14182342008835
Total24,91328,5504,6822,88512,2386,248
Other countries
Faroe Islands1,2261,648183101503228
Canada1,1797782,8682,50610040
Republic of South Africa (including South West Africa)3830909302
Japan98159204116
Poland33712028264
USA1,2502,2023037
Other2,1541,0932,4251,359119242
Total4,4633,5778,1316,7941,035627
All countries total36,61540,25417,78313,45056,58429,435

* Indicates less than 500kg or £500.

IMPORTS OF FISH: AVERAGE PRICE £/TONNE
January-June
197719781979
Frozen fish (other than fillets)
Cod511523623
Haddock550496651
Saithe347300291
Plaice514457567
Herring425460506
Salmon2,2352,3352,158
Mackerel230207317
Hake347406352
Fresh (including chilled)
Cod474483515
Haddock461521542
Saithe271257312
Plaice441540531
Herring326403389
Mackerel108155111
Salmon3,7803,4474,286
Trout1,4531,4531,515

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will bring forward proposals to reduce the level of fish imports, in view of the rising operating costs and declining revenue affecting the United Kingdom fishing fleet.

We are in close contact with representatives of the fishing industry about many matters affecting the

price of fish and the profitability of the industry including the level of imports. We shall be continuing these discussions in the light of further observations which industry representatives have undertaken to give us.