The total catch of Icelandic vessels in March was just over 201 thousand tonnes which is 53% more than the total catch in March 2016. The increase is mostly due to more pelagic catch where 132 thousand tonnes of capelin were caught compared with 79 thousand tonnes in march 2016. Total catch of demersal species was nearly 57 thousand tonnes which is an increase of 14% compared with march 2016. Cod catch was just over 34 thousand tonnes, an increase of 21% compared to the same month a year earlier.

In the 12 month period from April 2016 to March 2017 the total catch has decreased by 35 thousand tonnes, or 3% compared with the same period from 2015 to 2016.

The value index is 29.4% higher than in March 2016

Fish catch
  March   April-March  
  2016 2017 % 2015-2016 2016-2017 %
Fish catch at constant prices            
Index       105.7           136.8     29.4      
             
Fish catch in tonnes            
Total catch 131,690 201,231 53 1,105,024 1,069,688 -3
Demersal catch 49,380 56,535 14 444,273 408,797 -8
  Cod 28,432 34,455 21 249,265 237,921 -5
  Haddock 3,798 4,902 29 40,574 34,495 -15
  Saithe 5,065 5,178 2 49,065 43,780 -11
  Redfish 7,830 7,046 -10 61,088 55,193 -10
  Other demersal catch 4,255 4,954 16 44,280 37,407 -16
Flatfish 2,073 1,949 -6 25,103 21,325 -15
Pelagic catch 79,420 141,947 79 624,400 627,866 1
  Herring 1                  -            - 112,347 110,725 -1
  Capelin 78,835 131,523 67 101,089 196,832 95
  Blue whiting 584                  -            - 242,653 139,366 -43
  Mackerel                  -         10,424            - 168,279 180,938 8
  Other pelagic catch                  -                  -            - 32 5 -83
Shellfish 817 800 -2 11,193 11,614 4
Other species                  -                  -            - 54 86 58

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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