The prices of fish caught in Scotland are under considerable pressure due to border delays in transporting to the European Union through the Brexit. It takes a very long time for the fish to be sold in France, for example, due to logistics restrictions in effect. Fishermen have large stocks that are at risk of rotting and are sold at dumping prices.
In the large fish market in the Scottish town of Peterhead, some fish products would even be offered 80% below normal levels by desperate fishermen. Scottish fish exporters are therefore saying that prices have collapsed, not least because buyers from continental Europe want to see fish or seafood as fresh as possible. Lots of fish would be rejected because the fish is not fresh enough.
In order to avoid hassle at the border and to be able to sell goods directly on the European internal market, some Scottish fishermen are now even going fishing in Denmark’s waters. Fish from Denmark can then be transported directly by road to France and Spain without border controls.
Fisheries and EU fishermen’s access to British fishing waters were one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the Brexit negotiations.