The total catch of Icelandic vessels was 115 thousand tonnes in April 2021 which is 30% more than in April 2020. Demersal catch was 47 thousand tonnes of which 23 thusand tonnes were cod. The pelagic catch in April was mostly blue whiting, 65 thousand tonnes.

In the 12 month period from May 2020 to April 2021 the total catch was just over 1.1 billion tonnes which is a 15% increase from the previous 12 month period. Pelagic catch was 595 thousand tonnes and demersal catch was 479 thousand tonnes.

In fixed prices the catch in April 2021 was 8.8% more than in April 2020.

Fish catch
  April May-April
2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Fish catch at constant prices
Index86.393.9 8.8
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch 88,751 115,477 30 965,685 1,105,783 15
Demersal catch 44,528 47,491 7 464,608 479,233 3
Cod 23,238 23,123 0 269,605 282,757 5
Haddock 4,440 5,211 17 49,085 56,997 16
Saithe 5,099 5,630 10 60,797 54,075 -11
Redfish 4,637 4,988 8 53,013 52,623 -1
Other demersal catch 7,114 8,538 20 32,108 32,782 2
Flatfish 2,044 2,050 0 20,513 25,536 24
Pelagic catch 41,915 65,013 55 471,817 595,185 26
Herring 0 0 - 138,084 134,273 -3
Capelin 0 0 - 0 70,726 -
Blue whiting 41,707 65,012 56 205,653 238,857 16
Mackerel 208 1 -99 128,078 151,327 18
Other pelagic catch 0 0 - 1 1 -11
Shellfish 264 917 247 8,745 5,813 -34
Other species 0 5 - 3 16 501

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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