The Provisional Scottish Sea-Fisheries Statistics 2022 published by Marine Scotland, shows a slight decrease in overall landings and in value from 2021.
Although the over landings have decreased, the increase in value offset the drop.
The number of fishing vessels in the Scottish fleet dropped by 37 in the 2022 statistics and the numbers employed in the industry dropped by 3 percent.
The Provisional Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2022 contains a summary of provisional data on fish landings by Scottish registered vessels, the size of the Scottish fishing fleet, numbers of fishers working in Scotland and UK quota uptake in 2022. This data will be updated in the Final Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2022 in September 2023.
Key figures from the 2022 Provisional Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics
Total landings and value
Most recent figures show that in 2022, Scottish-registered fishing vessels landed 424,000 tonnes of sea fish and shellfish with a value of £580 million.
This represents a decrease of 13,000 tonnes (3%) and a decrease of £5 million (1%) in real terms from 2021.
Compared to 2013, in 2022 the tonnage of fish landed was up 16% and real terms value was up 10% .
Overall in 2022, the pelagic sector saw a 4% decrease in tonnage and in real terms value compared to 2021.
Mackerel remains the most valuable stock to the Scottish fishing fleet, accounting for 34% (£200 million) of the total value of Scottish landings in 2022.
In 2022, Scottish-registered vessels landed 7% less mackerel by weight (173,000 tonnes in total) and 9% less by value in real terms compared to 2021.
Of the total weight of mackerel landed by Scottish vessels, 48% was landed into Scotland and 52% was landed abroad .
The value of demersal landings in 2022 saw a 3% increase in real terms compared to 2021.
Haddock, monkfish and cod are the most valuable demersal species to the Scottish fleet.
The value of haddock landings in 2022 increased by 11% in real terms to £34 million compared to 2021, while tonnage landed increased by 32% to 27,000 tonnes.
Twelve ,000 tonnes of monkfish worth £33 million were landed in 2022, a decrease in tonnage of 5% and a decrease in value of 7% (in real terms) compared to 2021.
The value of cod landings in 2022 increased by 20% in real terms to £25 million compared to 2021, while tonnage landed increased by 17% to 7,000 tonnes (Table 3a).
Overall the shellfish sector in 2022 saw a 7% decrease in tonnage but no change in value compared to 2021.
In 2022, Nephrops (Norway lobster or Langoustine), the main shellfish species saw a 14% decrease in tonnage but a 10% increase in value (in real terms) compared to 2021.
Most shellfish species saw a decrease in value in 2022 when compared to 2021.
In 2022, the total value of Squid increased by 89% (in real terms) compared to 2021 to £11 million.
The number of active Scottish fishing vessels in 2022 was 2,045, a decrease of 37 vessels from 2021.
In 2022, the overall number of fishers working on Scottish fishing vessels was reported at 4,117, which is a 3% decrease from 2021.
Compared to 2021, regular employment decreased by 3% but irregular employment remained largely unchanged.
UK Fish Quota Uptake 2022
Uptake of quota was high for mackerel for the West of Scotland at 102%, but lower for the North Sea at 86%.
Quota uptake for herring was high in the North Sea at 101% but extremely low in the West of Scotland at 0%.
Haddock quota uptake varied from 62% in West of Scotland VIa, Vb to 83% in the North Sea.
Cod quota uptake was high in both the North Sea (99%) and West of Scotland VIa, Vb (97%).
Quota uptake for Nephrops was 65% in both the North Sea and in the West of Scotland.