THE PRICE of sardines and anchovies almost tripled in June on the Costa del Sol in response to demand from tourists, it has been revealed.
The popular fish sold for €8 a kilo, compared to their normal €3, forcing wholesalers to bring in catches from other areas of Spain to cater to demand. A representative from seafood supplier Hiberniamar explained shell fish had also increased in price, particularly prawns, crayfish, lobster and crab.
The increase in demand saw suppliers importing fish from Cadiz, Huelva, Castellon, Valencia, Alicante and Catalonia. According to Hiberniamar, the majority of fish sold on the Costa del Sol is sourced from outside Malaga province, “in our case in summer, when demand increases 50 per cent we source 70 per cent of our fish from other ports, and 30 per cent from the province.”