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Seafood Facts

  • Four out of five households in Great Britain eat seafood at least once a month.
  • The fishing industry in the UK employs 12,729 fishermen working on 6,763 vessels.
  • In 2007 the British fleet landed 610 thousand tonnes of wet fish and shellfish worth £645 million.
  • There are around 480 processing sites employing around 15,000 people.
  • There are over 10,500 fish and chip shops all over the UK. These shops sell 276 million portions of fish and chips each year.
  • 10 seafood species account for 91% of all the seafood sold in the GB retail market.
  • There are 280 ports, harbours and creeks around Britain where fish is landed. The major fishing ports around the British coast are Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Lerwick.
  • Aquaculture = fish and shellfish farming. Shellfish species farmed in the UK include mussels, oysters, clams, scallops and queenies. And the main marine finfish species being farmed are cod, halibut and turbot
  • Most of British shellfish is transported to continental markets.
  • Cod accounts for 15% of total GB retail consumption.
  • Prawns now account for 12% of GB consumption.

There are three Seafood categories:

  • Demersal Pelagic – oil-rich fish including herring, mackerel, pilchard, sprat, horse mackerel, whitebait, tuna.
  • Crustacea - nephrops (scampi, langoustines), crabs, lobsters, crawfish, shrimps etc.
  • Cephalopods - octopus, squid, cuttlefish.
  • Molluscs - scallops, oysters, cockles, mussels, winkles.