INCREASE IN FISH HANDLED AT LERWICK HARBOUR – Fishupdate.com

INCREASE IN FISH HANDLED AT LERWICK HARBOUR Published:  29 October, 2008

An increase in fishing vessels using Lerwick Harbour was the largest single factor behind an 11.4 per cent rise to 4,256 in arrivals at the Shetland port in the first nine months of this year, compared with the same period in 2007.

Between January and September, 1,712 boats – up 14 per cent – landed a total of 92,706 tonnes of fish, valued at £43.2 million, up 10 per cent on volume and 25 per cent on value.

The figures included 7,704 tonnes of white fish, with a value of £12.1 million, up 15 per cent on volume, and 22 per cent on value, with the price per tonne up 6.2 per cent to average £1,575 per tonne.

Pelagic fish landings were also higher, up 16 per cent on volume and 33 per cent on value, including blue whiting landed for human consumption. Deliveries to a fish meal and oil factory held steady. Shellfish landings rose 70 per cent, compared to the same period last year.

Lerwick Port Authority, chief executive, Sandra Laurenson, said: ‘The fishing industry is having a busy year and continues to be a cornerstone of activity at the harbour where we have also seen a further increase in cargo, including offshore industry shipments.’

The port handled 703,475 tonnes of cargo, up 8 per cent, including oil-related shipments increased 16 per cent at 116,949 tonnes.

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