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'Shrimp shortage' set to spoil Swedes' New Year

Clara Guibourg · 29 Dec 2011, 13:47

Published: 29 Dec 2011 13:47 GMT+01:00

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Fish counters around the country have far lower supplies of the popular seafoods than usual, just as shoppers are gearing up to buy and prepare their festive New Year's dinners.

A kilo of shrimp may set revelers back 500 kronor ($72), more than twice the usual price.

The high prices have fish retailers concerned that many Swedes may opt out of serving sea food for dinner on New Year's Eve.

"It's a shame. For all those who had planned to eat shrimp and crayfish it's looking very tough. We're searching high and low, and may get a small selection, but unfortunately it won't be very cheap for New Year's," said fish retailer Nisse Molinder of Melanders fisk, to Sveriges Radio (SR).

The reason for the shortage are the series of storm that have battered Sweden's west coast with fierce winds, making it nearly impossible for fishing boats to leave the harbour in search of the popular crustaceans.

"This is an enormous loss of income," fisherman Peter Olsson told SR.

"This week is important. We want to deliver high-quality Swedish goods for New Year's celebrations, but it doesn't look like we'll succeed this year."

One option for sea food fanatics is to opt for a Swedish lobster for New Year's dinner instead.

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Large amounts of lobster were caught earlier in the season, and are now lying on ice, ready to be prepared as a festive meal.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

19:42 December 29, 2011 by AmericanSwede16
They have these little mini shrimp in Sweden. They don't know what real shrimp is anyways lol.
12:29 December 30, 2011 by Smokebox
We are having lobster for our New Years eve party.
15:51 December 30, 2011 by Great Scott
Everyone knows that small shrimps taste better. The bigger they get, the tasteless they get.
03:24 December 31, 2011 by J Jack
If Swedes knew how shrimping affects the marine eco system they would feel too guilty to eat shrimp. It's my favorite food but I have to say no. Size does not affect taste unless they are grown in captivity. Horse radish sea sauce should be eaten with the shrimp because they don't really have any flavor. Crab is a more sustainable alternative but expensive. ICA MAXI, COOP and other food retail giants can literally decide what Sweden eats by manipulating prices and putting select foods on 'special'.

It's my guess that the Shrimp wholesale price is too high and the market is flooded with crayfish from China left over in power guzzling freezer containers from the last season. Swedes will normally take the cheaper alternatives and find a way to enjoy it, which I think is a good thing.
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