Total catch of Icelandic vessels in February 2014 decreased by 25.7% at constant prices compared with February 2013. The total catch measured in tonnes decreased by 56.2% in January between years, mostly due to decrease in Capelin catches. Catch of bottom-dwelling species decreased by 10,5%. A constant price index incorporates values in prices between fish species and since the value of demersal fish catches is higher than that of the pelagic catches the constant price index yields a lower decrease in percentages than the actual decrease of catches in tonnes.

Fish catch
 

Month

 

12 month period

 
February March - February
  2014 2013 % 2013-2014 2012-2013 %
Fish catch at constant prices1
Index 82.2 110.5 -26 89.9 87.9 2.3
Fish catch in tonnes2
Total catch 102,693 234,666 -56 1,150,065 1,325,359 -13
Demersal catch 40,043 44,729 -10 448,314 429,546 4
  Cod 23,384 25,303 -8 234,447 211,817 11
  Haddock 4,124 5,635 -27 43,802 46,347 -5
  Saithe 2,947 3,830 -23 56,483 52,592 7
  Redfish 5,822 5,551 5 60,009 56,674 6
  Other demersal catch 3,768 4,410 -15 53,573 62,116 -14
Flatfish 1,545 1,986 -22 24,488 23,920 2
Pelagic catch 60,902 187,187 -67 663,348 856,896 -23
  Herring 3,758 361 941 161,936 193,756 -16
  Capelin 55,907 186,822 -70 232,707 447,330 -48
  Blue whiting 1,237 4 30,825 114,380 63,380 80
  Mackerel - - - 154,320 152,413 1
  Other pelagic catch - 0 -100 5 17 -72
Shellfish 202 764 -74 13,848 14,908 -7
Other species - - - 68 89 -24

 

1 The volume index is an annual chain-linked  index, having the monthly average of 2004 as a reference period. The base year each time is the last fishing year which is from September in year T-2 to August in year T-1.

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

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