The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has released the UK Sea Fisheries Annual Statistics Report 2019
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has released their 2019 report of the UK fishing industry.
The report examines the state of the UK fishing fleet along with landing statistics and trade.
Some of the key statistics on the fleet from 2019 was that there were 5,911 UK registered fishing vessels. This is a decrease of 125 compared to 2018. Almost 80 per cent of the UK fleet is made up of vessels of 10 metres and under in length. Vessels over 24 metres in length account for just 4 per cent of the total number but for three fifths of total capacity and a third of total power. There are around 12,000 fishers working on UK registered vessels. This has been stable for the past decade.
On Landings, in 2019, UK vessels landed 622 thousand tonnes of sea fish with a value of £987 million. Compared to 2018, this is a reduction of 11 per cent and 2 per cent in quantity and value respectively. This is mainly driven by a reduction in the quota for key pelagic species e.g. mackerel between 2018 and 2019. In 2019, 34 per cent of all landings by UK vessels into UK ports were into Peterhead. Peterhead is consistently the UK port with the largest quantity and value of landings.
Fishing effort by the over 10m fleet decreased by only 3 per cent between 2018 and 2019, following the levelling off seen since 2011. Since 2003, fishing effort by the over 10m fleet has decreased by 35 per cent. Most of the reduction in effort is driven by a 36 per cent decline in effort (2004-2019) in the demersal trawl and seine segment.
In trade the report shows the UK is a net importer of fish, with imports exceeding exports. The UK’s trade gap in 2019 for sea fish is 270 thousand tonnes. In 2019, the UK imported 721 thousand tonnes of sea fish, with a value of £3,457 million. It exported 452 thousand tonnes with a value of £2,004 million.
To read the full UK Sea Fisheries Annual Statistics in full, visit the MMO by clicking here.