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 species
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 all the lots have been sold. The auctioneer starts with a price for the initial batch of prime fish from the first group of five boats. The clock starts to count down and buyers compete against each other to ensure they get the fish their customers want, knowing that at any time someone can stop the clock and decide to buy the whole lot. Once the buyer has pressed to buy they can tell the auctioneer how many boxes of that lot they would like to purchase.
The auctioneer then moves on to the next group and so on until the auction is complete and all the lots are sold. As each lot is sold the auctioneer validates the sale. Buyers details are automatically sent to the BTA back office system so that the information on each sale can be prepared and printed.
Buyers can access and confirm this information online via the reports section of the software.
Once the last lot has been sold the auctioneer sends out the final message “auction is now complete”.