Fish & Chips
- 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.