Sea fishing

Decreased turnover in the Belgian sea fishing industry

Agriculture & fishery
Decreased turnover in the Belgian sea fishing industry

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.

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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 %.

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Importance of the different species for the Belgian harbours according to the value of fish landed and sold 2018

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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 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Evolution 2018/2017
Quantity of fish sold (in tonnes) 17.469 18.786 15.548 15.998 19.284 18.158 16.635 16.648 14.766 -11,3%
Value of fish sold (in million euros) 62,5 77,9 64,8 56,5 68,1 67,4 65,0 67,2 62,6 -6,8%
* Source: Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics - Statistics Belgium) based on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Flemish public authority, AVKD.
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Traded quantity (in tonnes) 2000 2005 2010 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Evolution 2018/2017
Codfish 1.697 1.589 588 638 1.104 1.068 440 478 429 -10,3%
Whiting 424 298 237 265 262 252 279 178 195 +9,6%
Plaice 4.929 4.123 3.835 4.487 6.783 5.842 5.345 5.417 4.548 -16,0%
Sole 3.488 3.854 3.419 2.500 3.214 2.734 2.197 1.955 1.825 -6,6%
Turbot 284 297 272 299 344 360 401 436 316 -27,5%
Lemon sole 640 1.040 532 737 1.014 706 501 524 489 -6,7%
Ray 1.114 1.810 1.253 1.283 1.008 1.205 1.005 1.023 1.022 -0,1%
Shrimps 325 436 611 483 528 325 444 342 830 +142,7%
* Source: Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics - Statistics Belgium) based on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Flemish public authority, AVKD.
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Average price in EUR/kg 2000 2005 2010 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Evolution 2018/2017
Codfish 2,6 2,6 3,3 2,8 2,5 2,7 3,2 3,0 2,7 -10,0%
Whiting 1,0 1,1 0,9 1,1 1,2 1,2 1,1 1,2 1,1 -8,3%
Plaice 1,7 1,9 1,2 1,2 1,3 1,5 1,6 1,9 2,4 +26,3%
Sole 8,3 10,1 10,5 9,4 9,5 10,4 11,4 11,5 12,1 +5,2%
Turbot 9,6 11,6 11,0 10,1 11,0 10,3 9,5 9,8 11,2 +14,3%
Lemon sole 4,2 4,0 4,4 3,5 4,3 5,7 5,2 5,2 4,9 -5,8%
Ray 1,9 1,7 2,2 2,2 2,2 2,1 2,4 2,4 2,2 -8,3%
Shrimps 4,4 3,0 2,5 4,9 3,8 5,0 7,1 7,4 3,8 -48,6%
* 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

Metadata

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14.766 tonnes of fish

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