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Davie Tait
18th February 2013, 17:01
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HOPES have risen that more cod and haddock could be heading into Grimsby from Iceland later in the year following a recent trade mission to the capital Reykjavik.

The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Yorkshire and the Humber took a select group of regional food and drink businesses interested in exploring the business opportunities in Iceland.

Leading the fish side of the delegation was Steve Norton, chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association and Martyn Boyers, chief executive of Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises, the company which runs the fish market.

Concerns have been growing that the continuing mackerel dispute between Iceland and the European Union and Norway could impact on the vital white fish chain that operates between Iceland and Grimsby.

Steve Norton said: “The one thing we agreed not to discuss was mackerel. But we did have a very fruitful visit. The whole thing was very well organised by UK Trade and Investment, and we also met Stuart Gill, the UK Ambassador to Iceland, who was in Grimsby last year.

“We were left in no doubt that Iceland very much values the seafood trade it has with Grimsby."

He said the meeting with the Icelandic Fishing Vessel owners Federation (LIU) went very well. While the proposed quota reforms, fiercely opposed by LUI, were raised, the feeling was they would not impact on the supply of fish to Grimsby if they are approved by the Icelandic Parliament.

Mr Norton said most of the fish shipped to Grimsby came from the Westmann islands but he and Martyn Boyers discovered that supplies were also available from other parts of Iceland which he hoped could be made available to Grimsby later in the year.

He added: “At the moment there is quite a bit of uncertainty because Iceland is holding a general election in April which may well result in a change of government.

“If that happens it could affect the quota reform bill and fishing policy, but that is for the future. The upshot is that we both came away feeling with a high degree of optimism that we can get more white fish from Iceland."