Shetland Fisheries Statistics 2015

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Abstract

Just over 72,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish worth some £61 million were landed in Shetland in 2015, slightly less than in 2014.
- Almost one quarter of all the fish and shellfish landed in Scotland in 2015, and 16% of all landings in the UK, were made in Shetland.
- More fish and shellfish were landed in Shetland – and in Lerwick – in 2015 that in any other port in the UK, except Peterhead.
- More finfish (whitefish + pelagic fish) were landed in Shetland in 2015 than in all of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Just over 16,000 tonnes of whitefish (haddock, cod, monks, plaice, etc.) worth about £26 million were landed in Shetland in 2015, three-quarters of it by local boats.
- Shetland fishing boats landed almost 14,000 tonnes of whitefish worth over £22 million in 2015, the highest landings since 1998. Most of these landings (90% by weight) were made in Shetland.
- Lerwick ranked 4th in in the UK for whitefish landings by UK vessels, Scalloway 10th and Cullivoe 13th.
- About 54,500 tonnes of pelagic fish (mackerel, herring, etc.), worth about £31 million were landed in Shetland in 2015.
- About 1,900 tonnes of shellfish (crabs, lobsters, scallops, etc.) worth almost £4 million were landed in Shetland in 2015.
- Shetland fishing boats landed about 120,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish worth some £86 million in 2015 (everywhere), including 35,000 tonnes worth £36 million in Shetland.
- Shetland fishing boats accounted for one fifth of all finfish (whitefish + pelagic fish) landed by UK boats in 2015.
- EU fishing boats (including UK boats) landed an estimated 450,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish worth more than £300 million from the Shetland part of the UK EEZ in 2014, and 260,000 tonnes worth £200 million caught within 50 miles of Shetland.
- One-third of all the fish and shellfish landed from the UK EEZ by European fishing boats in 2014 were caught in the Shetland part of the UK EEZ, and one quarter within 50 miles of Shetland.
- More than half of the fish and shellfish landed from the Shetland part of the UK EEZ in 2014 were caught by non-UK boats.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNAFC Marine Centre
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

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