The Icelandic fishermen’s strike has had a big impact on fish markets abroad, RÚV reports. In the seaport Grimsby, the UK’s largest fish market, the worries are deep. People have been laid off, importers are losing money and prices are expected to rise considerably.
So worried are people that Great Grimsby’s Member of Parliament Melanie Onn has written a letter to Britain’s minister of fisheries and asked for pressure to be put on the Icelandic government to solve the dispute.
Fish merchants and spokespersons for the town market report that the strike has caused considerable trouble. Michael Woods, who heads the Association of Fish Merchants, stated that an end must be brought to the strike, since it affects everyone; there is no income and the people of Grimsby are losing money.
George Krawiec, CEO of Grimsby and Humber Seafood, stated yesterday morning that the effect of the strike should not be exaggerated, since customers could buy fish from elsewhere.
Simon Dwyer, a spokesman for the same company, asserted there was little chance the price of the popular fish and chips would increase.