The total catch of Icelandic vessels was 104 thousand tonnes in March 2021 which was 11% more than in March 2020. Demersal catch was 55 thousand tonnes of which 33 thousand tonnes were cod. The pelagic catch in March was mainly capelin, 45 thousand tonnes, but no capelin was landed in the year 2020.

In the 12 month period from April 2020 to March 2021 the total catch was just over one million tonnes, which was a 9% increase from the previous 12 month period. Pelagic catch was 572 thousand tonnes, demersal catch 476 thousand tonnes and flat fish catch 25 thousand tonnes.

In fixed price the catch in March 2021 was 8.7% more than in March 2020.

Fish catch
  March April-March
2020 2021 % 2019-2020 2020-2021 %
Fish catch at constant prices
Index95.3103.6 8.7
Fish catch in tonnes
Total catch 93,287 103,999 11 990,017 1,079,046 9
Demersal catch 53,408 55,371 4 469,159 476,259 2
Cod 32,897 33,022 0 269,348 282,861 5
Haddock 5,237 5,734 10 52,240 56,226 8
Saithe 6,010 8,199 36 61,857 53,544 -13
Redfish 5,955 5,064 -15 54,181 52,271 -4
Other demersal catch 3,310 3,353 1 31,532 31,357 -1
Flatfish 1,330 1,977 49 20,320 25,530 26
Pelagic catch 38,387 46,293 21 490,966 572,086 17
Herring 0 0 0 138,084 134,273 -3
Capelin 0 44,593 100 0 70,726 0
Blue whiting 38,387 1,700 -96 224,796 215,552 -4
Mackerel 0 0 0 128,085 151,534 18
Other pelagic catch 0 0 0 1 1 -11
Shellfish 161 358 122 9,570 5,160 -46
Other species 0 0 0 3 10 215

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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