The total catch of Icelandic vessels was 144 thousand tonnes in May 2015, an increase of 12,500 tonnes compared with May 2014. Demersal catch decreased by 6.8% compared with May 2014. Flatfish catch increased by 30.8% from the previous year, and pelagic catch, which was mostly blue-whiting, increased by17,7%. In the last 12 months the total catch has increased by 235 thousand tonnes or 21.9% which is due to more pelagic catch than in the previous 12 months.

At constant prices, the volume of catch decreased by 0.6% in May 2015 compared with May 2014.

Fish catch            
  May   June - May  
  2014 2015 % 2013-2014 2014-2015 %
Fish catch at constant prices1          
Index         92.5             91.9     -0.6            .        . .
             
Fish catch in tonnes          
Total catch    131,861        144,345     9.5    1,073,959        1,309,511     21.9
Demersal catch     42,794         39,867     -6.8       444,117           421,229     -5.2
  Cod     21,224         19,029     -10.3       239,897           236,203     -1.5
  Haddock       2,957           3,001     1.5        42,088            35,018     -16.8
  Saithe       4,708           5,647     19.9        53,181            49,612     -6.7
  Redfish       5,385           4,975     -7.6        61,185            55,547     -9.2
  Other demersal catch       8,521           7,215     -15.3        47,767            44,848     -6.1
Flatfish       2,912           3,809     30.8        23,274            18,497     -20.5
Pelagic catch     84,143         99,044     17.7       595,048           859,936     44.5
  Herring  -              3      -        164,633           153,825     -6.6
  Capelin  -   -   -        111,367           353,713     217.6
  Blue whiting     84,106         98,927     17.6       164,829           181,602     10.2
  Mackerel            37              114      -        154,207           170,740     10.7
  Other pelagic catch             0      -   -                12                   57     367.0
Shellfish       2,012           1,624     -19.3        11,457              9,827     -14.2
Other species             0                 2      -                62                   23     -63.0


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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