IntraFish expected a flurry of activity in the buildup to Christmas when we visited Billingsgate Fish Market Thursday morning, but was met with a not-so-hot trade floor.

"Christmas business is yet to take off fully at Billingsgate," a trader told IntraFish.

But it's not just Christmas trade driving business for this iconic market. "We do not base our business just on one month's trade," another trader said.

A common complaint heard on the floor was the sky-high salmon prices, and how it was squeezing margins for the processors and middlemen.

"Maybe we need a salmon scare like a chicken [health] scare," one trader joked, before being shushed by his companions that journalists from IntraFish were present in their company.

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