Sea fishing

Turnover of the Belgian sea fishing industry recovers in 2021

Agriculture & fishery
Turnover of the Belgian sea fishing industry recovers in 2021

In 2021, landings of fish by Belgian vessels decreased by 5.5% compared to 2020. In total, 11.901 tonnes of fish were sold in Belgian ports. Landings accounted for a turnover of 60.8 million euros or an increase of 7.8%. This is due to the higher average price of 5.1 euros per kg, an increase of 13.3% compared to 2020.


The Belgian sea fishing industry thus shows a clear recovery in 2021 after a strongly divergent 2020. In that year, as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, both exports and sales to local markets and the horeca sector were severely disrupted.

 

Port of Zeebrugge’s share increases

Landings in the port of Zeebrugge recovered in 2021. Zeebrugge accounts for 55.7% of the total quantity of fish landed and sold. The share of the port of Ostend decreased from 44.6% to 41.9%. The port of Nieuwpoort has a limited share of 2.4%.

Half of the fish landed is sole

Sole remains the flagship of the Belgian sea fishing industry. The slightly reduced landings of sole (-3.4%) caused a price increase of 11.9%. The fish thus continues to account for half of the turnover achieved in the Belgian sea fishing industry.

Plaice ranks second, although landings fell by 7.3% in 2021. The better price (+9.1%) ensured that the turnover of this fish was maintained as well.

Landings of ray fell by 17.1%, but the price recovered to 2.6 euros per kg.

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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Evolution 2021/2020
Quantity of fish sold (in tonnes) 17,469 18,786 15,548 18,158 16,648 14,766 13,659 12,588 11,901 -5.5%
Value of fish sold (in million euros) 63 78 65 67 67 63 59 56 61 7.8%
* 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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Evolution 2021/2020
Codfish 1,697 1,589 588 1,068 478 429 353 264 220 -16.7%
Whiting 424 298 237 252 178 195 165 198 179 -9.6%
Plaice 4,929 4,123 3,835 5,842 5,417 4,548 3,630 2,162 2,005 -7.3%
Sole 3,488 3,854 3,419 2,734 1,955 1,825 2,041 2,399 2,318 -3.4%
Turbot 284 297 272 360 436 316 267 242 220 -9.1%
Lemon sole 640 1,040 532 706 524 489 448 348 381 9.5%
Ray 1,114 1,810 1,253 1,205 1,023 1,022 1,254 1,395 1,157 -17.1%
Shrimps 325 436 611 325 342 830 509 312 362 16.0%
* 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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Evolution 2021/2020
Codfish 2.6 2.6 3.3 2.7 3.0 2.7 3.2 2.9 3.4 17.2%
Whiting 1.0 1.1 0.9 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.1 1.0 -9.1%
Plaice 1.7 1.9 1.2 1.5 1.9 2.4 2.4 2.2 2.4 9.1%
Sole 8.3 10.1 10.5 10.4 11.5 12.1 12.7 11.8 13.2 11.9%
Turbot 9.6 11.6 11.0 10.3 9.8 11.2 11.5 10.2 13.2 29.4%
Lemon sole 4.2 4.0 4.4 5.7 5.2 4.9 3.9 3.7 3.7 0.0%
Ray 1.9 1.7 2.2 2.1 2.4 2.2 1.9 1.8 2.6 44.4%
Shrimps 4.4 3.0 2.5 5.0 7.4 3.8 3.5 5.2 5.3 1.9%
* 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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