The total catch of Icelandic vessels was 109 thousand tonnes in August 2021 which is 17% less than in August 2020. Demersal catch was 39 thousand tonnes, mostly cod or 20 thousand tonnes. Pelagic catch in August 2021 was 65 thousand tonnes, mostly mackerel or 63 thousand tonnes.

In the 12 month period from September 2020 to the end of August 2021 the total catch was just under 1.1 billion tonnes which is a 4% increase from the previous 12 months period. Pelagic catch was 540 thousand tonnes and demersal catch was 480 thousand tonnes.

In fixed prices the catch in August 2021 was 8.8% less than in August 2020.

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
  August September-August
2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Fish catch at constant prices
Index108.599.0 -8.8
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch 130,724 108,850 -17 1,010,827 1,051,871 4
Demersal catch 38,914 39,111 1 461,662 480,334 4
Cod 20,119 19,833 -1 278,591 277,164 -1
Haddock 4,287 4,842 13 48,433 59,619 23
Saithe 6,868 5,686 -17 53,356 56,333 6
Redfish 5,946 6,520 10 51,914 52,594 1
Other demersal catch 1,694 2,230 32 29,369 34,624 18
Flatfish 2,777 3,028 9 22,513 25,147 12
Pelagic catch 88,422 65,284 -26 519,596 539,275 4
Herring 2,582 1,038 -60 141,956 124,411 -12
Capelin 0 - - 0 70,726 -
Blue whiting 720 1,068 48 225,631 210,673 -7
Mackerel 85,120 63,178 -26 152,007 133,458 -12
Other pelagic catch 0 - - 2 7 265
Shellfish 610 1,426 134 7,054 7,099 1
Other species 0 - - 2 16 625

Statistics