Sea fishing

Very low landings of fish in Belgian ports in May

Agriculture & fishery
Very low landings of fish in Belgian ports in May

In May, 682 tonnes of fish were landed by Belgian vessels and sold in Belgian ports. This quantity is clearly lower than in previous months.

This is due to the measures supporting the sector in the context of the Covid-19 crisis where shipowners can rely on a compensation for the temporary cessation of fishing from the Flemish authorities.

Ray and sole rank first with a share of 23 % and 21 %, respectively, of the quantity of fish landed and sold, i.e. 159 and 146 tonnes. Landings of plaice are recovering compared to the previous months and amount to 107 tonnes.

Partly thanks to the price recovery for sole to € 12.45 per kilo, this fish species accounted for 57 % of the total value of fish sold. The share in value of ray and plaice is around 7 % for each fish species.

Table 1
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Fish landed by Belgian ships and sold in Belgium

Fish landed by Belgian ships and sold in Belgium 2000 2005 2010 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Evolution 2019/2018
Quantity of fish sold (in tonnes) 17.469 18.786 15.548 19.284 18.158 16.635 16.648 14.766 13.659 -7,5%
Value of fish sold (in million euros) 62,5 77,9 64,8 68,1 67,4 65,0 67,2 62,6 59,1 -5,6%
* Source: Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics - Statistics Belgium) based on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Flemish public authority, AVKD.
Table 2
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Traded quantity (in tonnes) 2000 2005 2010 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Evolution 2019/2018
Codfish 1.697 1.589 588 1.104 1.068 440 478 429 353 -17,7%
Whiting 424 298 237 262 252 279 178 195 165 -15,4%
Plaice 4.929 4.123 3.835 6.783 5.842 5.345 5.417 4.548 3.630 -20,2%
Sole 3.488 3.854 3.419 3.214 2.734 2.197 1.955 1.825 2.041 +11,8%
Turbot 284 297 272 344 360 401 436 316 267 -15,5%
Lemon sole 640 1.040 532 1.014 706 501 524 489 448 -8,4%
Ray 1.114 1.810 1.253 1.008 1.205 1.005 1.023 1.022 1.254 +22,7%
Shrimps 325 436 611 528 325 444 342 830 509 -38,7%
* Source: Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics - Statistics Belgium) based on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Flemish public authority, AVKD.
Table 3
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Average price in EUR/kg 2000 2005 2010 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Evolution 2019/2018
Codfish 2,6 2,6 3,3 2,5 2,7 3,2 3,0 2,7 3,2 +18,5%
Whiting 1,0 1,1 0,9 1,2 1,2 1,1 1,2 1,1 1,2 +9,1%
Plaice 1,7 1,9 1,2 1,3 1,5 1,6 1,9 2,4 2,4 +0,0%
Sole 8,3 10,1 10,5 9,5 10,4 11,4 11,5 12,1 12,7 +5,0%
Turbot 9,6 11,6 11,0 11,0 10,3 9,5 9,8 11,2 11,5 +2,7%
Lemon sole 4,2 4,0 4,4 4,3 5,7 5,2 5,2 4,9 3,9 -20,4%
Ray 1,9 1,7 2,2 2,2 2,1 2,4 2,4 2,2 1,9 -13,6%
Shrimps 4,4 3,0 2,5 3,8 5,0 7,1 7,4 3,8 3,5 -7,9%
* Source: Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics - Statistics Belgium) based on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Flemish public authority, AVKD.

Purpose and brief description

Quantity and value of the fish landed and traded in Belgium. Distribution according to the ports of supply and the fish species

Population

All sea fishing boats

Frequency

Monthly

Timing publication

Results available 3 months after the reference period.

Definitions

Total amount kg : Quantity of fish supplied and traded

Total value EUR : Value of fish supplied and traded

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