Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2012

A detailed overview of landings of sea fish; the Scottish fishing fleet; and the number of sea fishermen employed.

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In 2012, Scottish based vessels landed 365 thousand tonnes of sea fish and shellfish, with a value of £466 million. This represents a nine per cent decrease in value in real terms compared to 2011, which was the highest value of the century. This decrease occurred despite a two per cent rise in the volume landed.

There were 2,046 active Scottish based vessels in 2012, the lowest recorded number of vessels and 49 less than in the previous year. These vessels employed a total of 4,747 fishermen, the lowest recorded number and a decline of five per cent from 2011.

Quantity and value of landings of all species by Scottish vessels

Quantity and value of landings of all species by Scottish vessels

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 spreadsheets from the Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics website.


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