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 2011 – 2016.
The total value of fish landed by Scottish registered vessels in 2016 was £557 million, an increase of 25 per cent in real terms compared with 2015. The quantity of fish landed increased three per cent to 453,300 tonnes.
The increase in value of fish landings in 2016 was driven by a 36 per cent increase in the value in real terms of pelagic landings. The quantity of pelagic landings decreased by one per cent. Shellfish and demersal landings both increased in value and volume:
• Pelagic – 36 per cent increase in value, one per cent decrease in volume
• Demersal – 16 per cent increase in value, five per cent increase in volume
• Shellfish – 21 per cent increase in value, ten per cent increase in volume
The above values are derived from using GDP deflators on the cash values.
In 2016, 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 62 per cent. In 2015, this figure was 61 per cent. The one percentage point increase in the proportion of fish stocks where quota was set in line with scientific guidance observed for 2016 compared with 2015 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 nine of the stocks were set in line with scientific advice, while for the remaining four stocks – (North East Atlantic Mackerel, North Sea and West of Scotland Herring and North Sea cod), alternative TACs were set at the negotiations after careful consideration of stock trends and other catch options within the advice.
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 62 per cent. This is 8 percentage points below the 2016 target level. The value of the indicator has increased by 1 percentage points between 2015 and 2016.
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 2017 was estimated by 2016 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.