The total value of the Icelandic catch in 2019 increased by 13.4% depsite a reduction in catches
The total catch of Icelandic vessels in 2019 was 1,047,568 tonnes which is 17% less than in 2018 mainly due to the reduction of catch is mainly due to less pelagic catch.
The first sale value of catch increased by 13.4% between years and amounted to over €905 million in 2019.
Of demersal species the catch was 480,000 tonnes which is the same as in 2018. First sale value of the demersal catch was just under €768m which is 24% higher than in 2018. Cod was the main species in 2019 and was also the most valuable species. The cod catch was 273,000 tonnes with a value of €437m.
Catch of pelagic species was 534,00o tonnes in 2019, which is 27.7% less catch than in 2018. Of pelagic species the catch of mackerel was highest, about 268 thousand tonnes. The first sale value of pelagic species consisted of mackerel, about €53m, blue whiting €45 and herring €37m.
Flatfish catch was 22,000 tonnes in 2019, 18.1% less than in the previous year. The first sale value of flatfish was €58m which is 8.3% lower than in 2018. Finally the catch of shellfish species was 10,000 tonnes compared to 12,500 tonnes in 2018. The value of shellfish catch was €11.8m, 28.5% less than in 2018.
|Catch volume and value of catch for major species 2018-2019|
|Norwegian spring-spawning herring||83,445||107,889||29.3||20.5||29.5||44|