The total catch of Icelandic vessels in May was just over 135 thousand tonnes an increase of 27% compared with May 2016. The biggest increase was in blue whiting where the catch was 79 thousand tonnes compared with 58 thousand tonnes in May 2016. Demersal catch increased 20% compared with the previous year, around 51 thousand tonnes were caught compared with 43 thousand tonnes in May 2016. Cod catch was nearly 28 thousand tonnes, an increase of 23% compared with May 2016.

In the 12 month period from June 2016 to May 2017 the total catch was about 1.1 million tonnes, a decrease of 1% compared with the same period from 2015 to 2016.

The value index was 12% higher than in May 2016

Fish catch
  May   June-May  
  2016 2017 % 2015-2016 2016-2017 %
Fish catch at constant prices            
Index         90.3           101.1     12.0      
             
Fish catch in tonnes            
Total catch 106,184 135,031 27 1,096,018 1,107,384 1
Demersal catch 42,916 51,358 20 453,675 413,989 -9
  Cod 22,763 27,923 23 257,525 241,158 -6
  Haddock 3,099 3,612 17 41,830 35,323 -16
  Saithe 4,964 7,144 44 46,770 48,013 3
  Redfish 5,455 6,658 22 62,357 55,859 -10
  Other demersal catch 6,637 6,021 -9 45,193 33,636 -26
Flatfish 3,245 2,756 -15 25,100 20,434 -19
Pelagic catch 57,948 79,533 37 604,717 663,190 10
  Herring 22 3 -86 112,368 110,704 -1
  Capelin 0 0        -     101,089 196,832 95
  Blue whiting 57,703 79,369 38 221,660 185,875 -16
  Mackerel 223 164 -26 169,568 169,774 0
  Other pelagic catch 0 3        -     32 5 -83
Shellfish 2,057 1,381 -33 12,453 9,703 -22
Other species 17 0        -     72 67 -7

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

Statistics