Catch of Icelandic vessels in April 2020 was 88.8 thousand tonnes which is 21% less than in April 2019. The reduction is mainly due to lower catch of pelagic species which consisted mainly of blue whiting, 41.7 thousand tonnes, which is 31% less than in April 2019. The total catch of demersal species was 44.6 thousand tonnes, 9% less than in April last year. Cod catch was 23.2 thousand tonnes, 1% increase from the previous year.

Total catch in the 12 month period from May 2019 to April 2020 amounted to 966 thousand tonnes which is 13% less than in the same period one year earlier. The value index of catch in April 2020 is 12.4% lower than in April 2019.

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

Fish catch
  April May-April
2019 2020 % 2018-2019 2019-2020 %
Fish catch at constant prices
Index98.586.2-12.4
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch 113,084 88,789 -21 1,114,636 965,738 -13
Demersal catch 49,079 44,567 -9 489,815 464,673 -5
Cod 22,981 23,238 1 278,534 269,619 -3
Haddock 7,595 4,440 -42 58,963 49,086 -17
Saithe 6,160 5,099 -17 65,693 60,793 -7
Redfish 5,805 4,644 -20 55,098 53,022 -4
Lumpfish 2,378 3,601 51 4,520 6,372 41
Other demersal catch 4,160 3,545 9 31,527 32,153 2
Flatfish 1,851 2,044 10 27,027 20,501 -24
Pelagic catch 61,064 41,914 -31 585,577 471,816 -19
Herring 0 0 - 124,075 138,084 11
Capelin 0 0 - 0 0 -
Blue whiting 60,850 41,706 -31 325,725 205,652 -37
Mackerel 214 208 -3 135,777 128,078 -6
Other pelagic catch 0 0 - 0 1 -
Shellfish 1,089 264 -76 12,216 8,745 -28
Other species 1 0 - 1 3 216

Statistics