According to preliminary statistics the total fish catch of Icelandic vessels in 2019 was just over 1,048 thousand tonnes, which is 211 thousand tonnes less than in 2018. The decrease is mostly because no capelin was landed in Iceland in 2019. Other pelagic catch was mostly blue whiting and mackerel. Demersal catch was unchanged between years, while flatfish decreased by 18% and shellfish by 19%

The catch in December 2019 was 63 thousand tonnes, a 12% increase compared with December 2018. Demersal catch in the month was 29 thousand tonnes and pelagic catch was about 34 thousand tonnes. The catch in December at fixed price was 3% more than in December 2018.

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
  December January-December
2018 2019 % 2018 2019 %
Fish catch at constant prices
Index54.155.73.0
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch 56,709 63,437 12 1,259,115 1,048,202 -17
Demersal catch 27,287 28,909 6 480,659 481,512 0
Cod 17,408 16,869 -3 274,903 273,022 -1
Haddock 3,714 3,315 -11 48,663 57,918 19
Saithe 3,674 4,154 13 66,276 64,697 -2
Redfish 1,630 3,399 109 58,077 53,529 -8
Other demersal catch 861 1,172 36 32,740 32,346 -1
Flatfish 829 764 -8 27,150 22,232 -18
Pelagic catch 28,228 33,610 19 738,781 534,373 -28
Herring 4,708 3,662 -22 123,893 137,936 11
Capelin 0 0 - 186,333 0 -
Blue whiting 23,520 29,938 27 292,952 268,351 -8
Mackerel 0 9 - 135,603 128,085 -6
Other pelagic catch 0 1 - 0 1 -
Shellfish 365 154 -58 12,524 10,082 -19
Other species 0 0 - 0 3 -

Statistics