Total catch of Icelandic vessels was nearly 93 thousand tonnes in September 2015, 6.7% less than in the same month a year earlier. Fish catch index at constant prices is 5.1% higher compared to September 2015 due to increase in pelagic catch.

Demersal catch was just over 36,300 tonnes , 7.9% increase compared to September 2015. Thereof, 22,900 tonnes were cod, which is 12.3% increase from the previous year. Pelagic catch was just under 53,500 tonnes in September, a decrease by 14.4% from the previous year. The decrease is mostly due to 10 thousand tonnes less herring catch than in September 2014. Flatfish catch was just over 1,800 tonnes in September and decreased by 23% compared to previous year. Shellfis catch was 965 tonnes in September compared to 679 tonnes in September 2014.

In the 12 month period from October 2014 to September 2015, the total catch has increased by over 265 thousand tonnes, or nearly 25% compared to previous 12 month period. This increase is solely due to more pelagic catch.

Fish catch            
  September   October-September  
  2014 2015 % 2013-2014 2014-2015 %
Fish catch at constant prices1          
Index         90.6             95.2     5.1      
             
Fish catch in tonnes    
Total catch     99,236         92,612     -6.7    1,067,687        1,333,147     24.9
Demersal catch     33,668         36,324     7.9       437,252           434,458     -0.6
  Cod     20,378         22,892     12.3       243,135           239,889     -1.3
  Haddock       2,482           3,336     34.4        40,355            38,816     -3.8
  Saithe       3,997           2,968     -25.7        47,933            51,248     6.9
  Redfish       4,417           4,732     7.1        59,172            57,841     -2.2
  Other demersal catch       2,394           2,395     0.1        46,657            46,664     0.0
Flatfish       2,390           1,837     -23.1        20,900            21,819     4.4
Pelagic catch     62,494         53,486     -14.4       598,149           866,647     44.9
  Herring     29,817         19,750     -33.8       140,153           146,456     4.5
  Capelin              -                  -             111,367           353,713     217.6
  Blue whiting       2,632              758     -71.2       175,107           199,757     14.1
  Mackerel     30,104         32,967     9.5       171,546           167,642     -2.3
  Other pelagic catch            18                 1     -93.8               52                   45     -13.6
Shellfish          679              965     42.1        11,369            10,163     -10.6
Other species             6                  -         -                   16                   59     260.6

 
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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