In 2018, 14,766 tonnes of fish were landed by Belgian ships and sold in Belgian harbours, according to the new figures of Statbel, the Belgian statistical office. Landings have decreased by 11.3 % compared to 2017. In 2018, the landings accounted for a turnover of 63 million euros. This turnover has dropped by 6.9 %, but the decrease was relatively limited, due to the slightly higher average price of 4.2 euros/kg (+5 %).
Sharpest decrease in Zeebrugge
Especially the port of Zeebrugge recorded losses. The share of Zeebrugge, according to the quantity landed and fish sold, has decreased to 57 % in 2018, compared to 64 % in 2017.
Sole, plaice and shrimps in the lead
Sole remains the flagship of the Belgian sea fishing industry. Despite a decrease in landings (-6.7 %), this fish has a turnover share of 35 %. Plaice comes in second place, with a share of 18 %. These two fishes represent together more than half of the turnover achieved in the Belgian sea fishing industry.
2018 proved to be a record year in shrimp catches. The landings have increased by 143 %. The price for shrimps has decreased last year by 49 %.