Atlantic mackerel remained the most valuable landing generating approximately €59.6 million, followed by Norway lobster at nearly €55 million. Landings of Atlantic mackerel decreased from 63.95 tonnes in 2020 to 515 tonnes in 2021, and Norway lobster slid from 7,7079 tonnes in 2019 to 6,261 in 2021. Irish landing in Norway lobster has decreased by 40% since 2012.
Linh Nolan, Statistician in the Environment and Climate Division of the CSO, noted:
“Landings by Irish trawlers decreased by 5% between 2020 and 2021 from 217,981 tonnes to 206,068 tonnes. Landings by Irish vessels in Ireland fell by 3% or 6,259 tonnes. Landings by Irish vessels in foreign ports decreased by 19% or 5,655 tonnes. Landings by foreign vessels in Ireland decreased by 14% or 19,538 tonnes.
The highest level of landings by Irish vessels in Ireland during 2012-2021 was in 2012 when 249,205 tonnes were landed. The highest level of landings by Irish vessels in foreign ports during the same period was also in 2012 when 57,339 tonnes were landed. Approximately half of this (29,119 tonnes) was boarfish.
In 2021 the species for which the largest quantities landed by Irish vessels in Ireland were Atlantic Mackerel (51,476 tonnes), Blue Whiting (36,769 tonnes) and Horse Mackerel (16,246 tonnes). Over the 2012-2021 period, Atlantic Mackerel and Lobster Norway have consistently been the two species with the highest value landings by Irish vessels in Ireland, a pattern continued in 2021 with Atlantic Mackerel valued at €60 million and Lobster Norway at €55 million.
Killybegs accounted for 55% (114,060 tonnes) of all landings by Irish vessels in 2021. Killybegs (89,276 tonnes) and Castletownbere (20,352 tonnes) were the ports with the highest tonnages landed by foreign vessels in Ireland.
In terms of tonnes landed by Irish vessels the busiest months were January to April and September to November. In 2021 approximately 66% of the catch landed by Irish vessels was between January and April. There was greater variability at species level e.g. 70% of landings by Irish vessels of Blue Whiting in 2021 took place in March and 58% of landings by Irish vessels of Atlantic Mackerel occurred in January 2021.”