Fish Landings from the UK EEZ by Danish Fishing Boats and UK Landings from the Danish EEZ
22nd March 2017
This analysis of available fisheries data was carried out at the request of the Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) to provide detailed information on:
- The quantity of fish landed from the UK Exclusive Economic Zone (UK EEZ) by Danish fishing boats.
- The quantity of fish landed by UK fishing boats from the Danish EEZ.
- The balance between UK boats’ catches in the Danish EEZ and Danish boats’ catches in the UK EEZ.
This complements previous reports on landings by EU fishing boats from the UK EEZ and by UK boats from other areas of the EU EEZ.
An analysis of available data has been carried out to determine how much fish and shellfish are caught within the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone (UK EEZ) by Danish fishing boats, and by UK boats in the Danish EEZ.
The analysis used ‘official’ data published by the European Commission’s Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) which probably represent the most comprehensive and detailed data information that are likely to be available on the distribution of catches by EU fishing boats.
The results of the analysis indicate that over the five year period from 2011 to 2015:
- Danish fishing boats landed almost 230,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish, worth about £100 million, caught in the UK EEZ each year, on average.
- UK fishing boats landed less than 6,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish, worth £7 million, caught in the Danish EEZ each year, on average.
- Danish fishing boats therefore landed about 40 times more fish and shellfish (by weight) from the UK EEZ as UK boats did from the Danish EEZ (or 14 times more by value).
- Danish landings from the UK EEZ were dominated by pelagic and industrial fish, especially herring, sandeels and mackerel.
- UK landings from the Danish EEZ were dominated by demersal fish, mostly flatfish and especially plaice.