Sea fishing

1,100 tonnes of fish landed and sold in March

Agriculture & fishery
1,100 tonnes of fish landed and sold in March

Fish landings were noticeably lower in January 2021 because of the unclear Brexit formalities, but recovered in February and March.

In March, 1,100 tonnes of fish were landed by Belgian vessels and sold in Belgian ports.

Sole still ranks first with 248 tonnes, i.e. a share of 49% of the total value of fish sold.

Landings of plaice decreased to just 62 tonnes or 3% of the total value of fish sold.
Ray, elected ‘Fish of the year 2021’ by the Flemish Centre for Agriculture and Fisheries (VLAM), registered landings of 58 tonnes in March.

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 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Evolution 2020/2019
Quantity of fish sold (in tonnes) 17,469 18,786 15,548 18,158 16,635 16,648 14,766 13,659 12,588 -7.8%
Value of fish sold (in million euros) 63 78 65 67 65 67 63 59 56 -4.6%
* 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 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Evolution 2020/2019
Codfish 1,697 1,589 588 1,068 440 478 429 353 264 -25.2%
Whiting 424 298 237 252 279 178 195 165 198 20.0%
Plaice 4,929 4,123 3,835 5,842 5,345 5,417 4,548 3,630 2,162 -40.4%
Sole 3,488 3,854 3,419 2,734 2,197 1,955 1,825 2,041 2,399 17.5%
Turbot 284 297 272 360 401 436 316 267 242 -9.4%
Lemon sole 640 1,040 532 706 501 524 489 448 348 -22.3%
Ray 1,114 1,810 1,253 1,205 1,005 1,023 1,022 1,254 1,395 11.2%
Shrimps 325 436 611 325 444 342 830 509 312 -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 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Evolution 2020/2019
Codfish 2.6 2.6 3.3 2.7 3.2 3.0 2.7 3.2 2.9 -9.4%
Whiting 1.0 1.1 0.9 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.1 -8.3%
Plaice 1.7 1.9 1.2 1.5 1.6 1.9 2.4 2.4 2.2 -8.3%
Sole 8.3 10.1 10.5 10.4 11.4 11.5 12.1 12.7 11.8 -7.1%
Turbot 9.6 11.6 11.0 10.3 9.5 9.8 11.2 11.5 10.2 -11.3%
Lemon sole 4.2 4.0 4.4 5.7 5.2 5.2 4.9 3.9 3.7 -5.1%
Ray 1.9 1.7 2.2 2.1 2.4 2.4 2.2 1.9 1.8 -5.3%
Shrimps 4.4 3.0 2.5 5.0 7.1 7.4 3.8 3.5 5.2 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

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