Wild weather hits fresh fish supply nationwide

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Catch & co owner Rahul Radhakrishnan is operating his New Plymouth store at limited hours due to a shortage of fresh fish.

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Catch & co owner Rahul Radhakrishnan is operating his New Plymouth store at limited hours due to a shortage of fresh fish.

Kiwi’s staple takeout could be more fries than fish this weekend, with supplies dwindling after weeks of wild weather.

A period of extremely unstable weather across the country put a strain on fresh fish stocks as fishing boats were unable to get out on the Tasman.

On Friday, popular New Plymouth takeaway Catch & co took to social media to post about their predicament.

“Due to the extreme weather conditions over the past few weeks, there has been a shortage of fresh fish and we are running out of stock.”

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This saw the doors closed for the lunch trade in Port Taranaki with Catch & co saying they would reopen later today as they served their limited stock of fresh lemon fish and blue cod.

Taranaki is not alone in the situation, with New Plymouth fish factory owner Keith Mawson saying boats across the country have struggled to get out on the water.

Catch & co owner Rahul Radhakrishnan, who only supplies fresh fish from his shop, said he had never seen such a shortage at a time when profit margins on fish were really low.

A survey of other fish and chip shops in New Plymouth revealed that most fresh shelves were almost empty, except for one or two species.

It was a similar story in New World’s fresh fish section this week with a sign warning that there was a shortage of the popular gurnard species.

However, by Friday, the store had managed to restock its gurnard after sourcing from Auckland.

Egmont Seafoods owner Keith Mawson says fish was in short supply everywhere.

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Egmont Seafoods owner Keith Mawson says fish was in short supply everywhere.

Mawson, owner of Egmont Seafoods in New Plymouth, said Taranaki fishing boats had been unable to go out and work for almost three weeks and that was putting a strain on fresh stocks across the city.

“We are in the same situation and we only have two or three species available in our store,” he said.

“Our boats only managed to get out today because of the huge seas we had.”

“There are very few fish available anywhere,” he said. “Prices at the Auckland Fish Market have been very high this week, showing that demand is high with very little supply.”

Mawson, who has spent most of his life in the industry, said things always tend to balance out and they generally expect to have a few really bad weather conditions a year that keep the boats going. dry dock.

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Fish species have become scarce across the country following a period of bad weather.

He said fish and chip shops would “scrape” for fresh supplies and dip into whatever they had in their frozen stock.

Mawson expected things to change fairly quickly with fresh fish more readily available next week.

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