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Russia sanctions force British fish and chip shops to find alternatives to cod

British fish and chip shops are trying to Norway to assist them survive the threats to their enterprise brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

They have warned {that a} third of chippies could have to shut if sanctions on fish from Russia add to the the stress they’re below from shortages of sunflower oil, flour and potato fertiliser.

About 40 per cent of the fish they use comes from Russian fleets however ministers are planning a 35 per cent tariff on white fish from Russia as a part of the most recent sanctions imposed on the Kremlin.

The National Federation of Fish Friers is hoping for assist from fishing fleets in Norway. Andrew Crook will communicate to the Norwegian Seafood Council on Wednesday at a conferenceat the port of Alesund, the place he might be joined by Julie Waites, of the Frozen Sea Fillets Association.

Crook mentioned most vessel homeowners in Norway “will know of fish and chips but may not have supplied the sector, so I’m giving them a bit of a history lesson.”

He added that the UK “has a long history of working with Norway, so hopefully they will be receptive.”

The federation mentioned the price of Icelandic cod had greater than doubled since October — from £7.80 a kilo to about £16.

Crook mentioned: “We cannot be so reliant on supplies from one specific region.”