The re-build of the markets has seen one of the two fishos shut-up shop with the remaining monger move into new premises, the result being prawns on the (very) high side of $30 a kg (previously $23 to $30 a kg), $43 a kg for scallops (previously around $34), over $40 for Balmain Bugs (previously around $25), mid-thirties for barra – and more or less the same for ling, only flake and mullet were under $20.
Even the whole fish went as high as $30+. I would’ve bought the blue eye cod, at about $25, but it looked as though it’d made the move from the old premises.
So, can you northsiders either confirm or deny my theory that these prices are the result of zero competition, or are prices (particularly at the Belco markets) similar elsewhere?
[ED – Finally! We get to talk about the price of fish!]