Low catch – all-time high catch value


In 2016, Norwegian vessels delivered 2.0 million tonnes of fish, crustaceans and molluscs. This is 12 per cent less than the year before, and the lowest quantity in 25 years. The landed value of the catch came to NOK 18.2 billion, up 8 per cent from 2015, and the highest value ever recorded.

Seventy per cent of the catch was used for consumption, while 30 per cent was used for the production of meal, oil, animal feed etc.

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Figure 1. Quantity and value of catch

Cod fishing most important

The cod catch came to 408 800 tonnes, with a value of NOK 6.2 billion. This accounted for 20 per cent of the total catch quantity and 34 per cent of the total catch value. Measured by both landed catch and catch value, cod fishing was, as usual, the most important of fisheries.

In 2016, the first-hand value of mackerel came to NOK 2.4 billion, up 20 per cent compared with 2015. In the same period, the catch quantity decreased by 13 per cent.

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Figure 2. Catch, by fish species. 2016. Preliminary figures

Increase in herring catch

In 2016, the catch of herring was 12 per cent higher than the year before, and amounted to 17 per cent of the total catch. The landed value of herring increased by 32 per cent, corresponding to 13 per cent of the total landed value in 2016.

Drop in catches of blue whiting

In 2016, the blue whiting catch came to 310 400 tonnes, with a value of NOK 837 million. Compared with 2015, this is a decrease of 9 per cent for landed value and 37 per cent for catch quantity.

Smaller catch of Antarctic krill

The group "Other crustaceans and molluscs" mainly includes Antarctic krill. From 2015 to 2016, the catch quantity and first-hand value decreased by 6 and 22 per cent respectively. This group of fish species accounted for 9 per cent of total catch quantity in 2016.

Foreign landings amounted to NOK 3.7 billion

Foreign vessels delivered 384 300 tonnes of fish and crustaceans in Norway in 2016. The total value of the foreign landings was NOK 3.7 billion.

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Figure 3. Value of catch, by fish species. 2016. Preliminary figures

The statistics are based on data from the Directorate of Fisheries as per 4 January 2017. A small amount of the landed fish has not yet been sold.