The total catch of Icelandic vessels in February was 85,678 tonnes which is 4% less than the total catch in February 2016. Demersal catch was 58% less than in the previous year, 14.5 thousand tonnes and is still affected by the fishermen's strike.

Pelagic catch increased by 65%, 65 thousand tonnes compared to 40 thousand tonnes in February 2016, all of which was capelin.

In the 12 month period from March 2016 to February 2017 the total catch has decreased by 165 thousand tonnes, or 14% compared with the same period a year earlier.

Fish catch
  February   March-February  
  2016 2017 % 2015-2016 2016-2017 %
Fish catch at constant prices            
Index         91.1             53.6     -41.2      
             
Fish catch in tonnes            
Total catch 88,979 85,678 -4 1,165,197 1,000,131 -14
Demersal catch 47,393 19,823 -58 448,846 401,645 -11
  Cod 29,645 14,504 -51 254,516 231,902 -9
  Haddock 4,658 2,148 -54 41,449 33,391 -19
  Saithe 4,410 1,244 -72 47,966 43,667 -9
  Redfish 5,545 988 -82 59,774 55,977 -6
  Other demersal catch 3,135 939 -70 45,141 36,709 -19
Flatfish 1,378 355 -74 24,622 21,448 -13
Pelagic catch 39,609 65,290 65 680,755 565,320 -17
  Herring 852              -            -     112,353 110,726 -1
  Capelin 20,757 65,290 215 150,683 144,125 -4
  Blue whiting 18,000              -            -     249,408 139,950 -44
  Mackerel              -                  -            -     168,279 170,514 1
  Other pelagic catch              -                  -            -     32 5 -83
Shellfish 598 210 -65 10,919 11,631 7
Other species              -                  -            -     54 86 58

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

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