Sea fishing

Storms reduce the quantity of fish landed in February

Agriculture & fishery
Sea fishing

In February, there was a sharp decrease in the quantity of fish landed by Belgian vessels and sold in Belgian ports to 922 tonnes.  This decrease is due to the many storms in February.

Cuttlefish and sole rank first with a share of 19 % and 18 %, respectively, of the quantity of fish landed and sold, i.e. 174 tonnes and 169 tonnes. The landing of plaice dropped to only 73 tonnes.

Sole, which was worth € 15.63 per kilo in February, accounts for 54 % of the total value, while the share of plaice dropped to 3 %.  Cuttlefish accounts this month for 12 % of the value, mainly due to the landings.  Besides sole, turbot still registered top prices in February with € 16.54 per kilo.

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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