According to preliminary statistics the total catch of Icelandic vessels was 1,259 thousand tonnes in 2018, which is a 82 thousand tonnes increase from 2017. The increaese between years is mostly due to more demersal catch as well as increased catch of blue-whiting. Nearly 293 thousand tonnes of blue-whiting were caught in 2018 compared with 229 thousand tonnes in 2017. Demersal catch was nearly 481 thousand tonnes last year which is a 12% increase from 2017. As usually, cod catch is the largest part of the demersal species, where nearly 481 thousand tonnes were caught in 2018 which is 9% more than the year before. Flatfish catch also incresed by 24% between years and shellfish increased by 20%.
In December 2018, the catch was just 57 thousand tonnes, an decrease of 19% compared with December 2017. Cod catch was however 15% less than in 2017 and catch of pelagic species decreased by 23%. Comparing December 2018 to December 2017 there was a decrease of 16.5% at fixed price.
|Fish catch at constant prices|
|Fish catch in tonnes|
|Other demersal catch||1.924||861||-55||32.119||32.740||2|
|Other pelagic catch||0||0||-100||0||0||-92|
Information about catch of fish which are published in this press release are preliminary figures. The data is gathered by the Directorate of Fisheries.