The total fish catch of Icelandic vessels in January 2021 was 59 thousand tonnes, which is 65% more than in January 2020. Demersal catch was 36 thousand tonnes and pelagic catch was 21 thousand tonnes.

The catch in 12 period from February 2020 to January 2021 was about 1,000 tonnes which is very near to the catch in the 12 month period one year earlier. Main changes in composition of catch were that the mackerel catch increased by 18%, flatfish catch by 13% and cod catch by 6%, while catch in shellfish, saithe, blue mackerel and herring decreased slightly.

The catch in January 2021, at fixed price, was 44% more than in January 2020.

Fish catch
  January February-January
2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Fish catch at constant prices
Index47.067.7 43.9
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch 35,769 58,872 65 1,037,582 1,043,696 1
Demersal catch 27,040 36,296 34 465,827 472,431 1
Cod 17,447 22,853 31 266,302 282,369 6
Haddock 3,890 5,176 33 54,394 55,389 2
Saithe 2,656 2,902 9 61,482 50,676 -18
Redfish 2,110 3,371 60 52,049 53,326 2
Other demersal catch 938 1,994 113 31,599 30,672 -3
Flatfish 662 1,418 114 20,947 23,769 13
Pelagic catch 7,827 21,014 168 540,854 542,614 0
Herring 1,494 1,129 -24 138,084 133,802 -3
Capelin 0 0 - 0 0 -
Blue whiting 6,333 19,885 214 274,684 257,290 -6
Mackerel 0 0 - 128,085 151,521 18
Other pelagic catch 0 0 - 1 1 -11
Shellfish 240 139 -42 9,951 4,873 -51
Other species 0 5 - 3 10 206

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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