Skippers know that Shetland is surrounded by some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. Consequently, more than half of the fish landed in the UK comes from within 100 nautical miles of the islands.
At a time of high fuel prices and growing concerns about the carbon footprint associated with food production, a campaign has been launched to inform fishermen of how landing their catches in Shetland save time, fuel, money, and carbon.
The Land in Shetland campaign is being run jointly by Lerwick Port Authority (LPA) and Shetland Islands Council (SIC), with support from other local partners.
LPA and SIC have invested heavily in state-of-the-art new fish markets in Lerwick and Scalloway, which means Shetland is not only close to the major fishing grounds but has fantastic modern infrastructure and is a suitable location for midway landings that can quickly be transported to key markets.
In addition to the main ports and fish markets at Lerwick and Scalloway, there is a designated landing port in Cullivoe. All the necessary support services, from engineering to ice, are readily available at each location, allowing for fast vessel turnaround times. Shetland is a one-stop-shop for all fishing vessel needs. Please visit Shetland Islands Council Ports Information for services available at Scalloway & Cullivoe and a Directory of Services available at Lerwick.”
Prices for high-quality fish through the electronic auction are good and proving stronger overall than other ports across the whole country.*
A significant amount of work is carried out to maintain and assure the quality and consistency of the fish sold, including the grading and weighing of fish by the auction company (beyond statutory requirements) with detailed reports available to buyers, and quality and grading inspections of landings by SSQC Ltd (which also provides feedback to boats).