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Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2016

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Introduction

In 2016, Scottish based vessels landed a total of 453 thousand tonnes of sea fish and shellfish, with a value of £557 million. This represents a 25 per cent increase in value in real terms[1] compared to 2015 and a three per cent increase in the quantity landed compared to 2015.

There were 2,033 active Scottish based vessels in 2016, an increase of 19 vessels (0.9 per cent) from the previous year. These vessels employed a total of 4,823 fishermen, which is consistent with the figure reported in 2015.

Quantity and value of landings of all species by Scottish vessels for 2006 to 2016.

Quantity and value of landings of all species by Scottish vessels for 2006 to 2016.

This Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics publication provides a detailed overview of the quantity and value of landings of sea fish and shellfish by Scottish vessels and landings into Scotland. Landings data are provided according to:

  • Vessel nationality
  • Country and district of landing
  • Area of capture
  • Fishing gear used
  • Vessel size

Data on landings by other UK vessels and landings into the UK is also provided. All landings quantities are given in terms of live weight.

As well as landings data, this publication addresses other aspects of Scottish fisheries:

  • Size and composition of the Scottish fleet
  • Number of fishermen on Scottish vessels
  • Fishing effort by Scottish vessels in the cod recovery zone

All tables presented here, and previous publications, are available for download as spread sheets from the Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics website.

Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2016 Key Points