Will the UK Stay Without Russian Cod?


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Russian cod is exported abroad quite successfully, including to Europe, where it goes either directly to the UK or through third countries. The British used to do fisheries, apart from the Barents Sea, also in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea, they will not die from a lack of cod due to the termination of the fisheries agreement signed by the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom back in 1956.

This is not the final countdown.

In fact, the hype around the ‘imminent disappearance of fish’ in the United Kingdom has been greatly exaggerated on both sides. When some ‘hot’ news spread in January that a fisheries agreement allowing British sailors to fish in the Russian economic area of the Barents Sea was about to be scrapped, British tabloids began reporting that the popular fish and chips was about to come to an end.

The editorial board of the Arctic Century commented on this some time ago.

In the UK itself, gloomy sentiments indeed prevail in terms of fish supplies - and it’s not so much about Russian fish, but about inflation and the rise in prices of consumer goods. Traditional Fish and Chips is becoming not an everyday dish, but a festive dish. And this is generally because of the growing taxes imposed by local authorities.

Two years ago, when Britain introduced a 30 percent tax on fish imports from Russia, there was quite a big fuss in the media. I would say that people who like fish and chips are really facing difficulties, but the difficulties began not now, but one and a half to two years ago. The price of fish and chips has risen, people can no longer afford to eat such a dish all the time, and its popularity is decreasing. It’s rather served on holidays: maybe let’s make a turkey or let’s order fish and chips, a London resident said in an interview to Business FM.

Source: BFM