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Iceland Resumes Fish Export to Grimsby

Icelandic fishing companies are exporting fresh fish to the market in Grimsby for the first time in over a decade. By doing so, the Icelandic fishing industry is working its way out of the crisis while helping to revive this once-thriving UK fishing community.

Icelandic cod. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

“It’s marvellous to see them return after 12 years,” Steve Norton, the chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, told the BBC. “There’s lots of interest in the fish and good prices.”

“They’re trying to fish their way out of the financial crisis. The cod quota was increased by 30,000 tonnes. They get a good reception, they get a good deal and they get paid very quickly,” Norton added.

Fishing boats carrying fresh fish from the North Sea used to be a regular feature in the Grimsby harbor life and this medium-sized town used to be the biggest fishing port in the world.

But the trawlers have since disappeared and the fish traded on the Grimsby market are more likely to have arrived by land or air. But now this famous fishing port might be about to reclaim its old glory.

Click here to read more about this story and watch a video of the Icelandic fishing vessel that arrived in Grimsby on the BBC website.

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