Icelandic landings hit by lower herring catch

Iceland’s fishing fleet landed 72,097 metric tons (MT) of seafood last month, a decrease of 25.6 percent or 24,872 MT year-on-year, according to new figures published by Statistics Iceland.

While the country’s total demersal catch in October at 41,112 MT was on par with a year ago, its pelagic catch fell by 47.6 percent to 27,751 MT. This decrease is largely due to a far smaller herring catch, which totaled 22,378 MT last month, down 55 percent year-on-year.

Also last month, Iceland’s total flatfish catch increased by by 42.5 percent to 2,492 MT, and its shellfish catch dropped 16.9 percent to 742 MT.

Despite last month’s declines, the country’s total catch for the past 12 months has grown by 21.6 percent or 232,402 MT to more than 1.3 million MT, said Statistics Iceland. It attributes a large part of this increase to the 217.6 percent rise in the country’s capelin catch, which totaled 353,713 MT for the period.


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