Fish es­caped wartime ra­tions

Fish Farmer - - Mixed Fortunes In ‘market Failure’ -

IRON­I­CALLY, fish was one of the few sta­ple foods that was not ra­tioned dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. Min­is­ters felt fish and chips, then the coun­try’s only fast food out­let, was so much part of the na­tional char­ac­ter, shops should re­main open.

While many Grimsby and Hull trawlers were con­verted to mine sweep­ing du­ties, some fish­ing ves­sels re­mained in ser­vice and did ven­ture out, but it was at a heavy cost.

Sev­eral hun­dred fish­er­men lost their lives to U-boats and mines in their quest to put fish on ta­bles at home.

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