Landings by UK fishing vessels, home and abroad decreased in 2019

Landings by UK fishing vessels, home and abroad, decreased last year by eleven per cent Fisheries Administration figures have revealed.

Coupled with other factors, this led to an overall decrease in revenue by -6% even though the value per ton is said to have increased 8%.

Demersal Landings:

On the demersal front, fishing landings dropped from 176,366 tonnes to 164,407 tonnes; an overall decrease of -7% on the previous year.

The overall value of fish per tonne increased 3% from £2,018 to £2,070 in 2019 by the value of fish landed decreased -10% from £354.5m in 2018 to £319.4m in 2019

Cod landings dropped from 34,572 tonnes in 2018 to 29,029 tonnes in 2019; a drop of -16%. This resulted in a decrease in value of -30% seeing the overall value of landings decrease from £74.58m to £52.66m. Last year the cash price had increased from 2018’s £2,161 per tonne to £2,398 in 2019; an increase on the previous year’s prices by 11%.

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Haddock landings recorded a drop from the 35,697 tonnes landed in 2018

Haddock landings recorded a drop from the 35,697 tonnes landed in 2018 to the 33,897 tonnes landed last year. This was a decrease of -5% leading to -3% loss of value from the £51.69 million worth of fish landed 2018 to £50.3 million in 2019..

Hake landings recorded a -12% drop from 12,655 tons in 2018 to 17,704 tonnes in 2019. This was a drop in earnings of -7% from £ 27.7 million in 2018 to £25.86 million. In 2019 prices per tonne increased 8% which saw the average price rise from £2,194 in 2018 to £2,365 per tonne in 2019.

Monks or Anglers landing numbers declined -5% in 2019, from 18,686 tonnes in 2018 to 17,704 tonnes. This led to a decrease in value of landings from £59.4m to £53m (-11%). There was also a slight price decrease of -1% per tonne from £3,205 to £3,176. 

Plaice landings recorded a -21%, from 12,377 tonnes to 9,780 tonnes leading to a decrease in value from £23.5m in 2018 to £16.9m in 2019, a -28% loss in value as the average price per tonne dropped -9% from £1,898 to £1,731. 

Pollack (Lythe) landings dropped from 1,731 tonnes in 2018 to 1,535 tonnes in 2019; a drop of -11% . The loss of revenue was -3% which equated to £40,000, leaving 2019 figures at £3.96. The average price for pollock increased 7% in 2019 from  £2,416 to £2,582. 

Saithe prices Increased from £811 in 2018 to £970 in 2019. This was an overall increase of 20%. UK fishing boats landed 16,011 tonnes 15,331 tonnes decrease of -4%. In terms of value for landings, saithe increased from £12.98m in 2018 to £14.55m in 2019; an increase of 12% .

Landings of Skates and Rays for 2019 was 3,476 tonnes, an increase of 5% on the 2018 figure of 3,312 tonnes. The value of skate and ray landings increased by 5% percent in 2019 to £3.7m from £3.5m in 2018, even with the decrease in the average price per tonne, which dropped from £1,208 to £1,127; a -7% decrease.

The price of Sole increased 12% in 2019 from an average of £10,061 per tonne in 2018 to £11,317 per tonne. UK fishing vessels landed 1,799 tonnes in 2019 down -3% or 56 tonnes on 2018 but the even with the drop in landings the value of the catch increased from £18.7m to £20.36m in 2019, a 9% increase on the previous year.

Whiting landing increased in 2019 from 11,714 tonnes in 2018 to 12,995 tonnes (+11%). The value of the catch also increased from £14.6m to £16.35m; a 12% on 2018 with average prices per tonne increasing 1% from £1,252 per tonne to £1,258 per tonne.

On other demersal stocks landed, little change from 2018. In 2018, 27,756 tonnes  was landed compared to 27,741 tonnes in 2019. The value of the landings slightly decreased by -2% from £63.33m to £61.75m but the average price per tonne remained steady, coming in at around £2,315 per tonne. 

Pelagic Landings:

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Mackerel landings dropped by -22% in 2019 due to quota cuts.

Overall Pelagic landings dropped from 385,847 tonnes in 2018 to 308,309 tonnes last year (-20%). Even with the average price per tonne increasing 10%, from ​

£708 to £780, 2019 revenue from pelagic landings dropped -12% from £272.8m in 2018 to £239.6m in 2019. 

Herring landings dropped -27% meaning the fleet landed 75,201 tonnes in 2019 as opposed to 103,527 tonnes in 2018. Landing values also dropped by -13% from £45.3m to £39.3m, even with herring prices increasing 21% from an average of £437 in 2018 to £528 last year.

Mackerel landings also took a hit dropping from 191,084 tonnes in 2018 to 149,751 tonnes (-22%) in 2019. Landing values also last revenue dropping from £202m £174.6m; a loss of -14% despite the average price of mackerel increasing 10% per tonne from £1,057 the previous year to £1,166 in 2019.

With the average price per tonne increasing 11% to £310 per tonnes, other pelagic stocks brought in a revenue of £25.7m (+1%) in 2019, even though landings decreased -9%; from 91,236 tonnes in 2018 to 83,358 tonnes in 2019. The average price per tonne in 2018  was £280 leading to UK landings being worth £25.5m.

 

Shellfish Landings:

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Scallop landings remained steady in 2019 compared to 2018, but prices dropped -18%

Overall last year, 145,413 tonnes of Shellfish was landed by the UK fishing fleet. This was 7% up on the 2018 figure of 135,295 tonnes. Even with the 7% increase, shellfish only gained 1% in value going from £361.7m in 2018 to £366.9m in 2019. The main reason for this result was a decrease in the average price per tonne which fell from -5% from £2,686 in 2018 to £2,564 last year.

Crabs landing in 2019 decreased from 2018 figures of 35,180 tonnes to 33,994 tonnes; representing a drop of -3%.  The value of crab landings also decreased -5%, from £80.7m £76.5m, with prices increasing 1% per tonne from £2,295  in 2018 to £2,329 in 2019.

Nephrops landings continue to grow. 2019 saw a 35% increase in landings from 25,581 tonnes  in 2018 to 34,607 tonnes last year. The value of landings also increased from £83.5m to £106.7m; an overall increase in revenue of 28%.  prices per ton for nephrops fell -5% leaving the average price in 2019 at £3,091 per tonne compared to £3,264 in 2018.

Scallops landings remain steady and only saw a slight decrease in 2019. 29,070 tonnes was landed in 2018, just slightly more than the 28,952 tonnes landed last year. The value of scallop landings decreased significantly last year, dropping -18% from £70m in 2018 to £57.34m. The value of scallop landings was also hit by a decrease in prices of -18%, making the average price in 2019 £1,988 per tonne, down from £2,415 the previous year. 

Other Shellfish landings increased 5% from 45,464 tonnes in 2018 to 47,859 tonnes. The value of the landings decreased slightly by -1% from £127.4 £126.3m with the increased landings offset by an average price per tonne dropping -5% from £2,840 in 2018 to  £2,696 in 2019.

 

 

Figures reveal UK fish landings, home and abroad, dropped in 2019

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