Total fish catch increased by 45% when May 2014 is compared to May 2013. This is due to over 100% increase in blue whiting catch and a 12% increase in cod catches. When comparing 12 month periods, there has been a 23% decrease in catches between June 2013 and May 2014 compared to the same period one year earlier.

Fish catch in Iceland decreased by 9.5% in constant prices in the months of May 2013 and May 2014. During the previously mentioned 12 month period there was a decrease by 4.5% in fish catches at constant prices compared to the year before.

Fish catch
May June - May
  2013 2014 % 2012-2013 2013-2014 %
Fish catch at constant prices1
Index 104.0 94.2 -9.5 90.2 86.1 -4.5
Fish catch in tonnes2
Total catch 89,686 130,660 46 1,393,631 1,072,745 -23
Demersal catch 45,674 42,632 -7 441,525 443,943 1
  Cod 18,847 21,086 12 220,605 239,760 9
  Haddock 3,381 2,940 -13 43,264 42,067 -3
  Saithe 5,595 4,708 -16 56,088 53,178 -5
  Redfish 4,651 5,375 16 56,145 61,169 9
  Other demersal catch 13,200 8,523 -35 65,423 47,768 -27
Flatfish 3,452 2,887 -16 23,612 23,248 -2
Pelagic catch 37,546 83,129 121 912,301 594,034 -35
  Herring 0 0 0 192,941 164,633 -15
  Capelin 0 0 0 463,279 111,367 -76
  Blue whiting 37,465 83,092 122 103,594 163,815 58
  Mackerel 81 37 -55 152,471 154,207 1
  Other pelagic catch 0.003 0.005 67 17 12 -27
Shellfish 3,008 2,012 -33 16,119 11,458 -29
Other species 0 0 0 73 62 -15

1 The 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.

2 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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