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Fisheries - Sea Fisheries

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend update:  September 2017 Sea Fisheries

The graph below displays the value of all landings by Scottish based vessels for the years 2013 – 2017.

Value Chart

The total value of fish landed by Scottish registered vessels in 2017 was £559 million, an increase of less than one per cent in nominal terms compared with 2016. The tonnage of fish landed increased two per cent to 464,000 tonnes.

The changes in value and tonnage by sector are:

 

Tonnage

Change

Value (£ mil.)

Change

Pelagic

301,000

2%

200

-10%

Demersal

101,200

6%

182

8%

Shellfish

61,700

-3%

177

7%

TOTAL

464,000

2%

559

<1%

 

The above values are in nominal terms. The data will be updated in real terms (using GDP deflators to account for inflation) at the publication of the final statistics in September.

In 2017, the proportion (calculated as a three-year moving average) of Scotland's key commercial fish stocks where the quota (Total Allowable Catch (TAC)) was set in line with scientific guidance was 67 per cent. In 2016, this figure was 66 per cent. The one percentage point increase in the proportion of fish stocks where quota was set in line with scientific guidance observed for 2017 compared with 2016 suggests performance has been maintained. The target for the indicator of 70% by 2016 has not been met. 

TACs for the 13 stocks that inform the indicator are set at international negotiations each Autumn. In 2016, the TACs for all 13 stocks were set in line with scientific advice. In 2017, TACs for ten of the stocks were set in line with scientific advice, while for the remaining three stocks – (North East Atlantic Mackerel, North Sea and West of Scotland Herring), alternative TACs were set at the negotiations after careful consideration of stock trends and other catch options within the advice.

Indicator Chart

The percentage (calculated as a three-year moving average) of Scotland's key commercial fish stocks where TAC was set in line with scientific guidance currently stands at 67 per cent. This is 3 percentage points below the 2016 target level. The value of the indicator has increased by 1 percentage points between 2016 and 2017.

Notes:

Note (1): Stocks for which there was no available scientific advice for the year, or where the advice was unclear, have been counted as if the TAC was not consistent with the advice.

Note (2): For each year, the calculation of the proportion of fish stocks used data weighted by value for that year. Landings data for 2018 was estimated by 2017 landings data.

Note (3): Each point on the graph refers to the proportion of fish stocks where the TAC was set within scientific advice calculated over the three year period centred on that year.

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