Grimsby fish market reopens after a £1.2m upgrade

New fish market The new facilities include temperature control systems, air-lock doors, cladding and a new ceiling.

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The owners of Grimsby fish market hope a £1.2m upgrade will boost the amount of fish landed at the port.

The revamped facility was opened by the Icelandic minister for agriculture and fisheries, Steingrímur J Sigfússon.

New facilities include temperature control systems, air-lock doors, cladding and a new ceiling.

Last year, a shortage of fish caused the wholesale fish auction market in Hull to close, with the loss of 16 jobs.

Martyn Boyers, chief executive of Grimsby fish market, said the closure of the Hull market had shown that "the UK fish industry cannot sustain too many fish markets."

"From our point of view the lessons that we have to learn from Hull is that we can't be complacent about supplies," he said.

"We have to improve our operations, improve our facilities and maintain our standards."

The improvements were paid for with a £605,000 grant from the The European Fisheries Fund, with the other half coming from Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises.

Mr Boyers said the supply of fish had dropped by 40%-50% over the last 12 months.

He said there were no guarantees about fish levels increasing, but he hoped the new facilities would encourage trawler owners to land their catch at Grimsby.

"We could effectively say this is an act of faith. And we've spent £1.2m. We don't have a contract with anybody about anything for fish," he said.

"We just believe that fish will come. We think that by having the right facilities, the right services, we've got a very strong buying power and we think that the fish will come to Grimsby."

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