Catch of Icelandic vessels in March 2020 was 93.2 thousand tonnes which is 21% less than in March 2019. The reduction is mainly due to lower catch of pelagic species which consisted mainly of blue whiting, 38.4 thousand tonnes, which is 40% less than in March 2019.

The total catch of demersal species was 53.4 thousand tonnes, 3% more than in March last year. Cod catch was 32.9 thousand tonnes, 3% increase from previous year. Total catch in the 12 month period from April 2019 to March 2020 amounted to 990 thousand tonnes which is 14% less than in the same period one year earlier.

The value index of catch in March 2020 is 6.8% lower than in March 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
  March April-March
2019 2020 % 2018-2019 2019-2020 %
Fish catch at constant prices
Index102.395.3-6.8
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch 118,406 93,280 -21 1,148,296 990,018 -14
Demersal catch 51,991 53,402 3 489,855 469,171 -4
Cod 31,307 32,892 5 278,986 269,362 -3
Haddock 6,153 5,238 -15 55,312 52,241 -6
Saithe 5,469 6,006 10 67,006 61,854 -8
Redfish 5,507 5,947 8 56,538 54,172 -4
Other demersal catch 3,556 3,318 -7 32,013 31,543 -1
Flatfish 1,593 1,330 -16 27,371 20,308 -26
Pelagic catch 64,433 38,387 -40 618,336 490,966 -21
Herring 0 0 - 124,075 138,084 11
Capelin 0 0 - 0 0 -
Blue whiting 64,433 38,387 -40 358,658 224,796 -37
Mackerel 0 0 - 135,603 128,085 -6
Other pelagic catch 0 0 - 0 1 -
Shellfish 389 161 -59 12,734 9,570 -25
Other species 0 0 - 0 3 -

Statistics