Fish Landings from the UK EEZ by Dutch Fishing Boats and UK Landings from the Dutch EEZ
4th April 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 Dutch fishing boats.
- The quantity of fish landed by UK fishing boats from the Dutch EEZ.
- The balance between UK boats’ catches in the Dutch EEZ and Dutch 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 Dutch fishing boats, and by UK boats in the Dutch 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:
- Dutch fishing boats landed almost 150,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish, worth almost £100 million, caught in the UK EEZ each year, on average.
- UK fishing boats landed just over 6,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish, worth about £8 million, caught in the Dutch EEZ each year, on average.
- Dutch fishing boats therefore landed about 23 times more fish and shellfish (by weight) from the UK EEZ as UK boats did from the Dutch EEZ (or 12 times more by value).
- Dutch landings from the UK EEZ were dominated by pelagic fish, especially herring, blue whiting and mackerel, although common (Dover) sole also made a significant contribution by value.
- UK landings from the Dutch EEZ were dominated by demersal fish, mostly flatfish and especially plaice, although with a small quantity also of industrial fish (sprats).