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Empty nets and low producer prices put shrimp fishermen in need

Wednesday, 12/29/2021 6:30 am from

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GREETSIEL / BÜSUM (dpa-AFX) – Missing catches and low producer prices have increased the worries of the shrimp fishermen on the German North Sea coast in the second Corona year 2021. “After three bad years all reserves are used up,” said the managing director of the producer group of the German shrimp fishermen (EzDK), Dirk Sander, the German press agency. 2019 and 2020 were already below-average financial years for fishermen. Finally, even higher diesel prices had given many shrimp fishermen to work, said Sander. His producer group represents around 100 companies between Sylt in Schleswig-Holstein and Ditzum in East Frisia.

The mood is also down with the shrimp fishermen of the second large producer group, coastal fishermen of the North Sea. Accordingly, the producer price in 2021, as in the previous year, averaged around three euros per kilogram of North Sea crabs. “That is actually too small for the amount of catch that was landed,” said managing director Günter Klever. “It should have been around ten euros.”

According to preliminary information from the producer groups, around 7,000 to 8,000 tons of shrimp caught the crab fishermen’s nets this year, about as many as in 2020, when many cutters had to take a break due to the pandemic.

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