The total fish catch of Icelandic vessels was close to 95 thousand tonnes in July 2015, an increase of 3,500 tonnes compared with July 2014. Total demersal catch increased by 8.9% compared with July 2014. Flatfish catch increased by more than 1,500 tonnes, mostly due to increase in greenland halibut, which more than doubled compared with July 2014. Pelagic catch was nearly constant compared with July 2014. Norway lobster catch was 18% less than in July 2014 but shrimp catch increased by 22%.

At constant prices, the volume of catch increased by 4.2% in July 2015 compared with July 2014.

In the last 12 months the total catch has increased by nearly 251 thousand tonnes, which is a 23.3% increase. This is mostly due to pelagic catch, which increased by roughly 274 thousand tonnes between periods. 

Fish catch            
  July   August - July  
  2014 2015 % 2013-2014 2014-2015 %
Fish catch at constant prices1  
Index         97.0             93.0     -4.2            86.4                86.8     0.4
             
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch     91,256         94,803     3.9    1,078,324        1,329,461     23.3
Demersal catch     24,263         26,425     8.9       446,479           426,270     -4.5
  Cod     12,430         12,712     2.3       241,297           236,479     -2.0
  Haddock       2,002           2,483     24.0        41,973            36,383     -13.3
  Saithe       4,313           5,137     19.1        53,371            51,113     -4.2
  Redfish       3,735           4,290     14.8        62,377            56,629     -9.2
  Other demersal catch       1,782           1,803     1.2        47,460            45,665     -3.8
Flatfish       1,183           2,722     130.1        22,155            20,878     -5.8
Pelagic catch     64,675         64,418     -0.4       598,447           872,643     45.8
  Herring       5,746           2,980     -48.1       161,234           150,845     -6.4
  Capelin              -                  -        -           111,367           353,713     217.6
  Blue whiting            40           3,394        -           176,466           201,407     14.1
  Mackerel     58,889         58,044     -1.4       149,368           166,621     11.6
  Other pelagic catch             0                 0        -                   12                   57     367.5
Shellfish       1,129           1,218     7.8        11,224              9,596     -14.5
Other species             7                21        -                   17                   74     329.1

 

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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