Troubled chip shops in Britain are desperate for ‘more fish’ over Ukraine war

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has affected fish supplies, as Moscow previously supplied about 40% of our fish – so chippies are struggling with rising prices and a drop in supply

Chippies is facing a fish kill
Chippies is facing a fish kill

Great Britain’s chip shops desperately appeal to Scandinavia: “Send more fish”.

Around 40% of our fish supplies come from Russia, but the invasion of Ukraine has resulted in trade taxes, shortages and soaring European prices.

Chippies are also suffering from the rising costs of fuel, cooking oil and potatoes.

And there are fears a third could close as families battling the cost-of-living crisis cut back on the nation’s favorite takeaway.

Andrew Crook, President of the National Federation of Fish Friers, will make a plea on behalf of Britain’s chippies in a speech at the annual Frozen At Sea meeting organized by the Norwegian Seafood Council in Alesund harbor on Wednesday.

Fish prices have risen since the Russian invasion of Ukraine


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He said: “Most of the ship owners there [in Norway] produce headless and gutted fish, which is then sent elsewhere for processing.

“I hope I can get them to switch some ships to produce fillets for my line of business as we need as many as possible to keep the price as under control as possible.”

The cost per kilo of Icelandic cod has more than doubled from £7.80 last October to £16 now.

Mr Crook, who runs fish and chip restaurant Skippers of Euxton in Lancashire, added: “We expect a 35% tariff on Russian whitefish which will push up the price of all fish.

A fishing trawler processes its catch in Norway


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“We can’t be so dependent on supplies from a particular region.”

Mr Cook hopes the government will step in by cutting VAT to save on fish and chips, which he says are “iconic and ingrained in the hearts of the nation”.

He said: “Not every business can be saved – we accept that – but action is needed now to ensure we come through this in the best shape possible. A third of our fish and chip shops could close.”

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