Fish is the latest foodstuff affected by wartime conditions following this week’s news of plans to limit who can sell fish and how much they can charge.
The fruits of the sea have long provided islanders with a rich source of choice and nutrition. Yet given the number of local fishermen who have now departed for military service, the availability of fish for sale has noticeably diminished recently. This has understandably led to rising prices, and concerns over the poorer classes’ ability to pay them. In response, the States Food Control Committee is now planning to limit the number of merchants selling fish and the amount they can charge per species.
It’s not just concerns over the availability and price of fish presently worrying islanders. A fortnight has passed since the last consignment of margarine reached Jersey. With butter costing 3/6 per pound, people – particularly townsfolk – are demanding to know what is being done to reduce the price of margarine.
There are worrying rumours that imports have been halted while plans by the local Food Controller to introduce a margarine ration scheme come into place, something denied at this time.
A/E/10/2 contains correspondence and reports on establishing and executing wartime controls over Jersey’s food stocks including margarine.