The Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2021 show the value of landings in Mallaig rose by nearly 38 percent

The Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2021 show the value of landings in Mallaig rose by nearly 38 percent 

The value of landings in Mallaig rose by nearly 38 percent despite a fall in tonnage landed, reveals Tony Mackay, an Economist who has closely examined the Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2021.

Marine Scotland have just published their annual report on Scottish Fisheries Statistics 2021, which gives detailed statistics on the landings of fish in every port/district in the country, including the
Mallaig district. The numbers are disaggregated by species, tonnage and value.

The district includes Mallaig, Arisaig, the Small Isles and Ardnamurchan, right up to Fort William. About half the landings are usually in Mallaig harbour and half elsewhere in the district.

The value of fish landings in Mallaig district increased by a massive +37.7% to £4.8million last year, but the tonnage fell by -5.7% to 1,391.

In Scotland as a whole the value of landings in 2021 was up +8.4% but the tonnage fell by -1.5%. The Mallaig value rise was the highest in the country.

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The Mallaig district value was 1.1% of the Scottish total and the tonnage 0.5%.

The tables at the end of this note give the summary statistics for each of the 18 fishing ports/districts in Scotland.

They show that Mallaig ranked 15th by value of landings but 1st by the change in value in 2021. The port ranked 15th by tonnage landed and 14th by the change in tonnage in 2021.

The peak value of landings in Mallaig was £9.8 million in 2017. There was a massive -49% fall in 2020 to just £3.5 million. The higher 2021 value is still only 49% of that in 2017.

The detailed Marine Scotland statistics show that shellfish accounted for £3.5 million of the value of landings in 2021, which was 73% of the total. Demersal/white fish accounted for £1.3 million (26%).

Pelagic landings were tiny. The most valuable species were nephrops (59% of the total) and “other demersal” (25%).

In terms of tonnage, shellfish accounted for 83% of the Mallaig district total and demersal fish 5.5%.

The biggest landings were nephrops (67% of the total), sprats (16%) and scallops (7%).

The Marine Scotland tables show that there were 39 registered fishing vessels in the Mallaig district at 31 December 2021, which was 1.9% of the Scottish total of 2082.

There were 64 registered fishers, who were 1.5% of the national total of 4241.

2021 was obviously a much better year for the local fishing industry because of the large rise in the value of landings. However, as highlighted above the 2021 total was still only 49% of the 2017 peak.

Scottish fish landings statistics 2021

Rankings by value
District £ million % of Scottish total
  1. Peterhead
172.9 39.5
2. Shetland 70.0 16
3. Scrabster 34.2 7.8
4. Fraserburgh 29.8 6.7
5. Ullapool 22.3 5.1
6. Lochinver 13.1 3.0
7. Campbeltown 12.4 2.8
8. Stornoway 12.2 2.8
9. Ayr 11.1 2.5
10. Kinlochbervie 10.2 2.3
11. Oban 9.7 2.2
12. Portree 8.1 1.9
13. Orkney 7.8 1.8
14. Eyemouth 6.9 1.6
15. Mallaig 4.8 1.1
16. Anstruther 4.8 1.1
17. Aberdeen 4.4 1.0
18. Buckie 3.3 0.7
Scotland total £438 million

Value changes 2020-21

 

District % change
1. Mallaig +37.7
2. Campbeltown +35.9
3. Portree +28.7
4. Scrabster +25.9
5. Ullapool +25.3
6. Ayr +24.1
7. Anstruther +22.7
8. Oban +22.1
9. Stornoway +20.9
10. Eyemouth +20.2
11. Fraserburgh +20.0
12. Aberdeen +18.3
13. Orkney +9.3
14. Peterhead +6.7
15. Shetland -3.4
16. Buckie -14.5
17. Kinlochbervie -17.4
18. Lochinver -25.1
Scotland total value +8.4

Rankings by Tonnage

 

District Tonnes % of Scottish total
  1. Peterhead
151.6 53.7
2. Shetland 48.8 17.3
3. Scrabster 17.3 6.1
4. Fraserburgh 14.1 5.0
5. Ullapool 11.2 4.0
6. Lochinver 9.2 3.2
7. Kinlochbervie 5.7 2.0
8. Ayr 2.9 1.0
9. Campbeltown 4.8 1.7
10. Stornoway 2.9 1.0
11. Orkney 2.6 0.9
12. Oban 2.3 0.8
13. Eyemouth 1.8 0.6
14. Anstruther 1.4 0.5
15. Mallaig 1.4 0.5
16. Buckie 1.1 0.4
17. Portree 1.1 0.4
18. Aberdeen 1.1 0.4
Scotland total 283,000 tonnes

Tonnage by changes 2020-21

 

District % change
1. Ayr +29.8
2. Campbeltown +23.7
3. Aberdeen +19.5
4. Scrabster +13.6
5. Eyemouth +13.6
6. Ullapool +13.3
7. Stornoway +13.0
8. Oban +12.2
9. Anstruther +10.7
10. Portree +10.5
11. Orkney +2.6
12. Fraserburgh -1.7
13. Peterhead -4.7
14. Mallaig -5.7
5. Shetland -9.3
16. Lochinver -14.6
17. Kinlochbervie -15.0
18. Buckie -20.1
Scotland total tonnage -1.5%

Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2021 show value of Mallaig fish landings up

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