The Role of the Auctioneers
The main role of the auctioneering team is to sell the fish at the auction and to achieve the best price possible. The price will vary depending on the quality of the fish, the quantity available and the demand from the buyers.
The fish is graded by size and weight, and each fish box is
For more information please contact John Rogers, BTA Chief Auctioneer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grouping of Fish Ready for Sale
Before the auction begins the fish have been grouped by species and are sold in turn usually starting with the dover sole, then on to monkfish, cuttlefish, squid, scallops, turbot, brill and hake etc.
Depending on how many boats have landed their catch, the fish from up to five boats are grouped together for sale. This not only saves time but ensures a better price for the prime fish.
The Buying Process
The auction begins with the sale of the prime quality fish that commands the best price, and gradually works through the system until completion. The auctioneer starts with a price for the initial batch of dover sole from the first group of five boats. Then the hustle and bustle begins as bids change and buyers compete against each other to ensure they get the fish their customers want knowing that at any time someone can step in and the winning bid could take the whole group of fish.
The auctioneer then moves on to the next group and so on until the auction is finished. As each sale is confirmed the auctioneer sends information regarding the selling price and the buyer’s details to the back office system via electronic pads so that the information on each sale can be prepared and printed.