Salmon supplies hit by cold weather

by 5m Editor
11 April 2006, at 1:00am

UK - Salmon supplies are likely to suffer a dip over Easter due to the recent severe weather, a leading producer warned yesterday. Colder than average water temperatures in Scotland and Scandinavia have delayed the harvest times for farmed salmon, according to Young&#39;s Seafood. A high global demand for fish, coupled with a drop in the availability of Chilean salmon, has put further pressure on European supplies. The company, which supplies around 40% of the UK&#39;s farmed salmon market, said customers would not have problems finding salmon on shop shelves this weekend, but retailers could have problems buying in more than their pre-ordered allocations. The UK market for fresh salmon is growing by around 26% per year. A spokesman for another of Scotland&#39;s largest fish farming companies, Marine Harvest, admitted the cold weather had created a challenge, but was confident that demands would be met. Steve Bracken said: &quot;The cold temperatures do affect growth, but we are confident we will be able to meet demand by grading our fish.&quot; The cold spring weather has also hit high street sales across the retail spectrum. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said like-for-like sales were 1.4% lower in March than at the same stage last year. <i>Source: The Herald</i>

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