The total catch of Icelandic vessels was 108 thousand tonnes in May 2021 which is 14% less than in May 2020. Demersal catch was 42 thousand tonnes of which 25 thousand tonnes were cod. The pelagic catch in May was mostly blue whiting, 58 thousand tonnes.

In the 12 month period from June 2020 to May 2021 the total catch was just under 1.1 billion tonnes which is a 12% increase from the previous 12 month period. Pelagic catch was 574 thousand tonnes and demersal catch was 483 thousand tonnes.

In fixed prices the catch in May 2021 was 0.3% more than in May 2020.

Fish catch
  May June-May
2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Fish catch at constant prices
Index92.492.7 0.3
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch 125,570 108,176 -14 969,084 1,088,344 12
Demersal catch 42,447 46,476 9 458,772 483,217 5
Cod 26,686 25,310 -5 269,818 281,370 4
Haddock 3,476 4,592 32 48,495 58,101 20
Saithe 3,980 7,077 78 57,248 57,158 0
Redfish 4,175 4,396 5 52,115 52,838 1
Other demersal catch 4,131 5,101 23 31,096 33,750 9
Flatfish 2,872 2,787 -3 20,138 25,451 26
Pelagic catch 79,714 58,180 -27 481,970 573,650 19
Herring 0 16 - 138,084 134,289 -3
Capelin 0 0 - 0 70,726 -
Blue whiting 78,945 58,040 -26 215,431 217,952 1
Mackerel 769 118 -85 128,454 150,676 17
Other pelagic catch 0 5 - 1 7 391
Shellfish 536 693 29 8,202 5,459 -33
Other species 0 41 - 2 566 26,432

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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