Total catch of Icelandic vessels in March 2014 decreased by 14.9% at constant prices compared with March 2013. The total catch measured in tonnes decreased by 53.6% in March between years, mostly due to decrease in Capelin catches. Catch of bottom-dwelling species increased by 10%. A constant price index incorporates values in prices between fish species and since the value of demersal fish catches is higher than that of the pelagic catches the constant price index yields a lower decrease in percentages than the actual decrease of catches in tonnes.   

Fish catch
March April - March
  2014 2013 % 2013-2014 2012-2013 %
Fish catch at constant prices1
Index 92.1 108.2 -15 88.5 87.2 1.5
Fish catch in tonnes2
Total catch 95,879 207,027 -54 1,038,916 1,339,046 -22
Demersal catch 50,026 45,518 10 452,822 427,969 6
  Cod 30,495 25,843 18 239,099 214,094 12
  Haddock 5,155 4,965 4 43,992 44,813 -2
  Saithe 4,373 3,663 19 57,193 52,736 8
  Redfish 5,634 6,056 -7 59,587 54,865 9
  Other demersal catch 4,369 4,991 -12 52,951 61,461 -14
Flatfish 1,550 2,219 -30 23,819 23,840 -0
Pelagic catch 43,712 158,346 -72 548,714 872,533 -37
  Herring 2,732 35 7,706 164,633 192,967 -15
  Capelin 36,032 157,372 -77 111,367 463,279 -76
  Blue whiting 4,948 939 427 118,389 63,857 85
  Mackerel 0 0 - 154,320 152,413 1
  Other pelagic catch 0 0 -100 5 17 -72
Shellfish 591 944 -37 13,495 14,615 -8
Other species 0 0 - 68 89 -24


 


¹The volume index is an annual chain-linked  index, having the monthly average of 2004 as a reference period. The base year each time is the last fishing year which is from September in year T-2 to August in year T-1.

2Information 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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