Whitefish activity increased significantly in the first four months of this year at Peterhead, with the catch value and tonnage rising by 11% and 17% respectively, reports David Linkie.

19,143t of whitefish with a value of £28.3m were landed at Peterhead from January until the end of April, compared to 16,402t and £25.5m for the comparable period in 2014.

Whitefish catches were spread fairly evenly over the first three months, with 4,321t for £7.1m in January, 4,489t/£6.6m in February, 4,993/£7m in March, rising to 5,340t/£7.7m in April. This breakdown reflects the higher market prices that prevailed at the start of this year, when the average monthly price per tonne of whitefish on Peterhead market was £1,632, before falling to £1,403 in March and increasing to £1,442 last month.

The overall catch value at Peterhead for the opening four months of this year totalled £47.5m from 56,887t. The corresponding figures for 2014 were £64.8m and 66,266t, equating to respective decreases of 27% and 14% in terms of total catch value and tonnage.

This overall drop is largely due to a significant reduction in pelagic activity, which in turn is a result of some of the worst weather experienced in recent winters and  the temporary loss of the Northbay Pelagic processing factory following a devastating fire.

24,761t of mackerel valued at £15.5m were pumped ashore at Peterhead in January and February, compared to 38,855t and £35.7m during the same period last year.

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Whitefish activity increased significantly in the first four months of this year at Peterhead, with the catch value and tonnage rising by 11% and 17% respectively, reports David Linkie. 19,143t of whitefish with a value of £28.3m were landed at Peterhead from January until the end of April, compared to 16,402t and £25.5m for the comparable period in 2014. Whitefish catches were spread fairly evenly over the first three months, with 4,321t for £7.1m in January, 4,489t/£6.6m in February, 4,993/£7m in March, rising to 5,340t/£7.7m in April. This breakdown reflects the higher market prices that prevailed at the start of this year, when the average monthly price per tonne of whitefish on Peterhead market was £1,632, before falling to £1,403 in March and increasing to £1,442 last month. The overall catch value at Peterhead for the opening four months of this year totalled £47.5m from 56,887t. The corresponding figures for 2014 were £64.8m and 66,266t, equating to respective decreases of 27% and 14% in terms of total catch value and tonnage. This overall drop is largely due to a significant reduction in pelagic activity, which in turn is a result of some of the worst weather experienced in recent winters and  the temporary loss of the Northbay Pelagic processing factory following a devastating fire. 24,761t of mackerel valued at £15.5m were pumped ashore at Peterhead in January and February, compared to 38,855t and £35.7m during the same period last year.

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