The total catch of Icelandic vessels in 2016 was 1,069.6 thousand tonnes which is 247 thousand tonnes less than in 2015. The decrease is mostly due to considerably lower capelin catch. Demersal catch was 457 thousand tonnes and increased by 4% from the previous year. Most of the demersal catch was cod, 264 thousand tonnes.  Pelagic catch was 576 thousand tonnes which is a decrease of 32% compared with 2015. Herring and blue whiting were the main species in pelagic catch. The total catch of flatfish increased by 2% and – shellfish catch increased by 26% between years.

The total catch of Icelandic vessels in December 2016 was over 59 thousand tonnes which is a 20% increase from December 2015. Demersal catch was 26 thousand  tonnes, 14% less than in December 2015. Cod catch in December was 16 thousand tonnes, a decrease of 20 %. Pelagic catch was 32 thousand tonnes which is an increase of 83% compared with December 2015. Blue whiting was the main species in pelagic catch, about 19 thousand tonnes while herring catch was 13 thousand tonnes.

The value index in December was 5.5% lower than in December 2015.

Fish catch
  December   January-December  
  2015 2016 % 2015 2016 %
Fish catch at constant prices            
Index         57.9             54.7     -5.5 88.2 84.0 -4.8
             
Fish catch in tonnes            
Total catch 49,775 59,482 20 1,317,143 1,069,595 -19
Demersal catch 30,583 26,365 -14 438,064 456,929 4
  Cod 19,773 15,908 -20 244,463 264,355 8
  Haddock 3,292 2,287 -31 40,994 38,580 -6
  Saithe 2,083 2,630 26 48,217 49,631 3
  Redfish 3,371 4,094 21 58,508 63,651 9
  Other demersal catch 2,064 1,446 -30 45,882 40,712 -11
Flatfish 1,364 803 -41 23,540 23,939 2
Pelagic catch 17,480 32,064 83 845,415 575,921 -32
  Herring 8,697 13,212 52 109,355 117,398 7
  Capelin 0 0 - 352,866 101,089 -71
  Blue whiting 8,783 18,852 115 214,870 186,915 -13
  Mackerel 0 0 - 168,279 170,514 1
  Other pelagic catch 0 0 - 45 5 -88
Shellfish 348 250 -28 10,069 12,720 26
Other species 0 0 - 54 86 57

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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