News Item: Annual UK fishing industry report published

The Marine Management Organisation has published its UK Sea Fisheries Statistics 2011 report, which shows a fall in quantity but an increase in value of fish landed by the UK fleet.

The report, which is available on the MMO website, includes detailed figures on the UK fishing fleet, the number of fishermen, the quantity and value of landings, international trade and the state of key fishing stocks.

The report shows that during 2011, UK vessels landed 600,000 tonnes of sea fish (including shellfish) into the UK and abroad with a value of £828 million. This represents a 1 per cent fall in quantity but a 15 per cent increase in value compared with 2010. The rise in value is primarily due to a large increase in the average price of pelagic fish.

 The report highlights that in 2011:

  • The UK fishing fleet remained the sixth largest in the EU in terms of vessel numbers, with the second largest capacity and fourth largest power. 6,444 fishing vessels were registered with a total capacity of 202,000 gross tonnage and total power of 809,000 kilowatts.
  • Just over 12,400 fishermen were reported as active in the UK. Of these, around 2,400 were part-time.
  • Scottish vessels accounted for 60 per cent of the quantity of landings by UK vessels while English vessels accounted for 28 per cent. Peterhead remained the port with highest landings in 2011, although these were down by 13 per cent from 2010 levels to 107,000 tonnes.
  • Shellfish formed the majority of landings by the UK fleet into England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while pelagic fish had the highest share of landings into Scotland.
  • In 2011, imports of fish and fish preparations rose to 720,000 tonnes, a 2 per cent increase from 2010. Over the same period, exports decreased by 15 per cent to 437,000 tonnes.
  • World figures for 2010 showed that China remained the largest producer of fish, landing 13.4 million tonnes of fish.

The full report, and more detailed supplementary tables, can be found at www.marinemanagement.org.uk/fisheries/statistics/annual.htm