Lesser catches in April

The landed catch of Icelandic vessels in April 2019 was 113,094 thousand tonnes which is a 23% decrease from April 2018. The decrease is because of less blue whiting catch which amounted to 61 thousand tonnes compared with 94 thousand tonnes in April 2018. Demersal catch was 49 thousand tonnes in April, the same as in April 2018. Flatfish catch decreased by 15% between years and shellfish catch decreased by 32%.

In the 12 month period from May 2018 to April 2019 the total catch was nearly 1,115 thousand tonnes and has decreased by 12% compared with the same period a year earlier. The decrease is due to less pelagic catch.

The value index in April is 2.5% lower than in April 2018.

Please note that in the release from April 15th. the amount of total catch from April 2018 to March 2019 was incorrect. The right amount is 1,148 thousand tonnes, not 1,305 thousand tonnes. Other data were correct.

Fish catch
  April May-April
2018 2019 % 2017-2018 2018-2019 %
Fish catch at constant prices
Index 101 99 -2.5
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch 146,744 113,094 -23 1,265,625 1,114,635 -12
Demersal catch 49,119 49,076 0 481,809 489,801 2
Cod 23,433 22,980 -2 282,030 278,533 -1
Haddock 3,944 7,595 93 40,617 58,961 45
Saithe 7,473 6,159 -18 58,515 65,690 12
Redfish 7,245 5,805 -20 64,840 55,093 -15
Other demersal catch 7,025 6,537 -7 35,807 31,524 -12
Flatfish 2,195 1,859 -15 24,943 27,035 8
Pelagic catch 93,823 61,069 -35 747,848 585,582 -22
Herring 0 0 125,434 124,075 -1
Capelin 0 0 186,333 0
Blue whiting 93,783 60,855 -35 271,063 325,730 20
Mackerel 40 214 434 165,017 135,777 -18
Other pelagic catch 0 0 0 0
Shellfish 1,607 1,089 -32 10,990 12,216 11
Other species 0 1 35 1 -98

Information about catch of fish which are published in this press release are preliminary figures. The data is gathered by the Directorate of Fisheries.

Photo: Hjörtur Gíslason

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