Lesser catches in March

The total catch of Icelandic vessels in March was 157,277 tonnes, a 22% decrease from March 2017. Demersal catch was just over 53 thousand tonnes, a decrease of 6%, where cod amounted to over 31 thousand tonnes, 8% less than in March 2017 according to Statistics Iceland.

Saithe catch was a little over 6 thousand tonnes, and haddock just over 4 thousand tonnes. Pelagic catch was 101 thousand tonnes in March, 29% less than in the previous year. Capelin was the mainstay of the pelcagic catch, nearly 82 thousand tonnes compared with nearly 132 thousand tonnes in March 2017.

In the 12 month period from April 2017 to March 2018 the total catch was 1,232 thousand tonnes, an increase of 15% compared with the same period a year earlier.

Fish catch
  March   April-March  
  2017 2018 % 2016-2017 2017-2018 %
Fish catch at constant prices            
Index 149 121 -19      
             
Fish catch in tonnes            
Total catch 201,266 157,277 -22 1,069,733 1,231,928 15
Demersal catch 56,554 53,299 -6 408,826 472,649 16
  Cod 34,452 31,564 -8 237,929 276,677 16
  Haddock 4,902 4,142 -16 34,494 40,625 18
  Saithe 5,195 6,340 22 43,796 57,008 30
  Redfish 7,039 6,961 -1 55,186 64,473 17
  Other demersal catch 4,966 4,292 -14 37,420 33,866 -9
Flatfish 1,953 2,420 24 21,329 24,112 13
Pelagic catch 141,947 100,969 -29 627,866 724,926 15
  Herring 0 0 110,725 125,434 13
  Capelin 131,523 81,698 -38 196,832 186,333 -5
  Blue whiting 10,424 19,271 85 149,790 247,649 65
  Mackerel 0 0 170,514 165,510 -3
  Other pelagic catch 0 0 5 0 -93
Shellfish 813 589 -28 11,627 10,207 -12
Other species 0 0 86 35 -60

 

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