The total fish catch of Icelandic vessels in 2020 was just over 1,021 thousand tonnes, which is 3% more than in 2019. Pelagic catch was 530 thousand tonnes, 5,000 tonnes less than in 2019. No capelin was landed in 2019 and 2020. Demersal catch decreased by 3% between years, from 273 thousand tonnes in 2019 to 277 thousand tonnes in 2020.

The catch in December 2020 was 74 thousand tonnes, a 16% increase compared with December 2019. Demersal catch in the month was 32 thousand tonnes and pelagic catch was about 41 thousand tonnes.

The catch in December 2020 at fixed price was 10,8% more than in December 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
  December January-December
2019 2020 % 2019 2020 %
Fish catch at constant prices
Index55.761.8 10.8
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch 63,425 73,640 16 1,048,202 1,020,594 -3
Demersal catch 28,909 31,509 8 481,512 463,175 -4
Cod 16,869 18,494 10 273,022 276,963 1
Haddock 3,315 5,144 55 57,918 54,103 -7
Saithe 4,154 2,493 -40 64,697 50,429 -22
Redfish 3,399 3,718 9 53,529 52,065 -3
Other demersal catch 1,172 1,354 16 32,346 29,616 -8
Flatfish 764 1,064 39 22,232 23,013 4
Pelagic catch 33,610 40,948 22 534,373 529,427 -1
Herring 3,662 1,670 -54 137,936 134,167 -3
Capelin 0 0 - 0 0 -
Blue whiting 29,938 39,278 31 268,351 243,738 -9
Mackerel 9 0 -100 128,085 151,521 18
Other pelagic catch 1 0 -100 1 1 -11
Shellfish 154 119 -23 10,082 4,973 -51
Other species 0 2 - 3 5 65

Statistics