Sales at the state-of-the-art new Peterhead Fish Market, which opened in mid-2018, commence at 7am daily, Monday to Friday.
Quality is the watchword at the new facility, which holds the gold standard AA rating from the British Retail Consortium.
That’s in recognition of the highest standards when it comes to senior management commitment and continual support; the food safety plan; the food safety and quality management system; site standards; product control; process control; and personnel.
Quality allows fishermen to maximise prices.
With temperature control in the market, vessels and lorries can discharge immediately upon arrival to a secure environment. The fish market has been designed to create optimum conditions for preservation of the catch. The double sealing doors on either side assist in temperature control. Strict hygiene regulations are in place and enforced by Environmental Health Inspectors who check all fish on landing and security cameras oversee all procedures.
This modern facility, which can handle up to 10,000 boxes per day, ensures the best opportunity for preservation of quality during the fish market link in the supply chain.
Peterhead's fishing industry centred on the Harbour consists of three basic categories of species landed:
Fish landings at Peterhead topped £200 million for the first time ever last year.
The value of pelagic fish, whitefish and shellfish laid down on the quayside was up by 3.5% on 2017, from £195,349,032 to £202,215,350. Tonnage also increased by 1.4%, from 171,661 in 2017 to 173,996.
The value of pelagic landings increased by 15%, up from £60,031,587 in 2017 to £69,122,937, while the tonnage increased marginally from 102,921 to 103,012.
And whitefish values and tonnage rose by 2.3% and 8.6% respectively, from £123,980,690 to £126,832,145 and 1,325,536 to 1,439,098.