Scotland: Value of fish catches up by 14% –

Scotland: Value of fish catches up by 14% Published:  20 September, 2006

THE value of fish catches landed into Scottish ports increased by 14 percent last year according to new figures published today by the Scottish Executive.

The Sea Fisheries Statistics show that 483 thousand tonnes of fish were caught with a value of 349 million pounds last year.

The increase comes against a three percent fall in the number of trips to sea, making the 69 thousand voyages made in 2005 more productive than the previous year.

Other main findings include:

Landings by Scottish based vessels

* Pelagic species (Herring and mackerel) landings formed 68 per cent of the total landings and contributed to 33 percent of the total value landed.

* White fish species (cod and haddock) made up 21 per cent of total weight landed and formed 35 per cent of the total value landed.

* High value shellfish landings formed 11 per cent of the total by weight but 32 per cent by value.

* The whitefish fleet remained the most valuable to the Scottish based sector in 2005.

* The value of white fish landings increased by 8 per cent in real terms in 2005 to reach £123 million, reversing the decline observed over the period 2001-2004.

* Over 2001-2005, the value of pelagic landings (at 2005 prices) has increased by 6 per cent from £108 million in 2001 to £114 million in 2005.

* The value of shellfish landings has also increased in real terms by 6 per cent over the period to reach £112 million.

Scottish Fishing Fleet

* There were 2,376 active fishing vessels based in Scotland at the end of 2005, a net reduction of 18 (under 1 per cent) since 2004.

Employment in Sea Fisheries

* Total employment in the catching sector fell by six per cent to 4,971 between 2004 to 2005 while the number of fishermen regularly employed on Scottish based vessels, at 3,813, was eight per cent lower in 2005. The number of irregularly employed (mai

nly part time) fishermen in 2005 increased by 13 to 1,065.

* At a district level, the biggest losses in regular employment occurred at Ayr (-110) jobs and Peterhead (-101 jobs).

* The biggest employment gain was seen at Shetland, which gained 44 regular fishing jobs. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.