Severe north-westerly gales in the middle of last week skewed whitefish landings at Peterhead, where over half of the weekly total of 26,410 boxes were landed before sea conditions rapidly deteriorated, reports David Linkie.

Eight boats, Challenge, Farnella, Tranquility, Carina, Glenugie, Harvest Hope, Shaulora and Golden Gain V, together with six consignments from Adorne II, Audacious, Enterprise II, Radiance, Caledonia II and Sunlight Ray, contributed 6,617 boxes to the first market of last week at Peterhead. Monday’s sale included 1,215 boxes of gutted and 717 boxes of round haddock, 969 boxes of coley, 807 boxes of both cod and hake, 655 boxes of whiting (500 rounders), 523 boxes of monkfish, 279 boxes of ling, 219 boxes of megrim, 138 boxes of squid and 77 boxes of flatfish. At the start of last week at Peterhead, large cod sold at £2-£3.20 per kg, medium £2-£2.60, selected £2-£2.40 and small £1.70-£2.50. The three largest selections of gutted haddock all made £1.75-£2.25, small £1.20-£2.25, chippers 80p-£1.75, metros 70p-£1.40 and round haddock 60p-70p. Gutted whiting

Monday’s sale included 1,215 boxes of gutted and 717 boxes of round haddock, 969 boxes of coley, 807 boxes of both cod and hake, 655 boxes of whiting (500 rounders), 523 boxes of monkfish, 279 boxes of ling, 219 boxes of megrim, 138 boxes of squid and 77 boxes of flatfish.

At the start of last week at Peterhead, large cod sold at £2-£3.20 per kg, medium £2-£2.60, selected £2-£2.40 and small £1.70-£2.50. The three largest selections of gutted haddock all made £1.75-£2.25, small £1.20-£2.25, chippers 80p-£1.75, metros 70p-£1.40 and round haddock 60p-70p. Gutted whiting were at 60p-£1.10 and round whiting 50p-65p per kg. Monkfish sold at £3-£4.20, lemon sole £4-£11, plaice £1- £2.30, megrim £2.50-£6, hake £1-£5, ling £1.25-£2, coley £1-£1.10 and squid £3-£5 per kg.

The following morning nine boats, Our Lass III, Guiding Star, Summer Dawn, Ocean Bounty, Kjelsvik, Starlight Rays, Renown, Leanne and Forever Faithful, together with two consignments from Arcane and Ronethem, contributed 6,980 boxes. Tuesday’s tally, the largest of the week, included 1,901 boxes of whiting (1,237 rounders), 1,399 boxes of cod, 1,165 boxes of coley, 777 boxes of gutted and 160 boxes of round haddock, 467 boxes of hake, 205 boxes of monkfish, 110 boxes of megrim, 107 boxes of flatfish and 61 boxes of squid.

Fifteen boats, Shalimar II, Falcon, Jubilee Quest, Acorn, Tranquility, Attain II, Celestial Dawn, Moray Endeavour, Victoria May, Liberty, Favonius, Shalanna, Opportunus IV, Amity II and Fruitful Bough, together with one consignment from Transcend, landed 4,871 boxes to Peterhead market last Wednesday morning. This total included 1,793 boxes of cod, 486 boxes of gutted and 300 boxes of round haddock, 795 boxes of whiting (555 rounders), 497 boxes of coley, 417 boxes of monkfish, 123 boxes of ling, 103 boxes of flatfish, 74 boxes of squid, 22 boxes of megrim and nine boxes of hake.

Eight boats, Castlewood, Moremma, Shekinah, Defiance, Boy John, Rosebloom, Ocean Harvest and Harvester, together with one consignment from Valhalla, contributed 4,837 boxes to last Thursday’s market at Peterhead. This sale included 1,417 boxes of cod, 1,189 boxes of gutted and 110 boxes of round haddock, 615 boxes of hake, 405 boxes of whiting (269 rounders), 262 boxes of coley, 178 boxes of monkfish, 80 boxes of ling, 54 boxes of flatfish, 47 boxes of megrim and 21 boxes of squid.

Twenty-four hours later, six boats, Emilie H, Sea Hunter, Consortium, Renown, Ocean Dawn and Courageous III, together with one consignment from Vision, landed 3,105 boxes to Friday’s market. This sale, the smallest of the week, included 870 boxes of cod, 416 boxes of gutted and 390 boxes of round haddock, 528 boxes of coley, 394 boxes of whiting (290 rounders), 310 boxes of hake, 38 boxes of ling, 29 boxes of monkfish, 19 boxes of squid, seven boxes of flatfish and two boxes of megrim.

Last Friday morning at Peterhead, large gutted haddock made £2-£2.40 per kg, medium/selected £2-£2.50, small £1.35-£2, chippers £1.30-£3, metros £1.20-£1.75 and round haddock 70p-£1.40. Large cod sold at £2.50-£3.60 per kg, medium £2.30-£2.60, selected £2.50-£3 and small £1.90-£2.30. Monkfish sold at £2.80-£4, gutted whiting £1.10-£1.25, round whiting 80p-90p, plaice £1-£2, lemon sole £6-£9, coley £1.20-£1.70, ling £1-£2, hake £1.25-£3 and squid £2-£5 per kg.

Forty-six boats and 11 consignments contributed to last week’s total of 26,410 boxes on Peterhead market. This tally included 6,286 boxes of cod, 5,760 boxes of haddock (1,677 rounders), 4,150 boxes of whiting (2,851 ungutted), 3,421 boxes of coley, 2,208 boxes of hake, 1,352 boxes of monkfish, 631 boxes of ling, 400 boxes of megrim, 348 boxes of flatfish and 313 boxes of squid.

 

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