Fish Landings from the UK EEZ and UK Landings from Other EEZs, by EU Member State
26th 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 quantities of fish landed from the UK Exclusive Economic Zone (UK EEZ) by the fishing boats of individual EU Member States.
- The quantities of fish landed by UK fishing boats from the EEZs of individual EU Member States.
- The balance between UK boats’ landings from EU Member States’ EEZs and those States’ boats’ landings from 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 landed from the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone (UK EEZ) by the fishing boats of individual EU Member States, and by UK boats from the EEZs of other EU Member States.
The results of the analysis indicate that over the five year period from 2011 to 2015:
- Fishing boats from eight EU Member States landed fish or shellfish caught in the UK EEZ: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Ireland and Sweden.
- Most was landed by Danish, Dutch, French and Irish fishing boats, with the largest shares by Danish boats (by weight) and French boats (by value).
- Danish, German, Dutch, Irish and Swedish fishing boats predominantly landed pelagic fish from the UK EEZ, while Belgian, French and Spanish boats predominantly landed demersal fish (whitefish). Danish and Swedish boats also landed substantial quantities of industrial fish (used for fishmeal production).
- UK fishing boats landed fish or shellfish from the EEZs of six other EU Member States: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Ireland.
- More than two-thirds of UK boats’ landings from other EU EEZs were caught in the Irish EEZ, and most of the remainder in the French EEZ.
- UK boats predominantly landed demersal fish from the Danish, German, Dutch, Belgian and French EEZs, pelagic fish from the French and Irish EEZs, and shellfish from the German, Belgian and French EEZs.
- In almost all cases, EU Member States’ fishing boats landed substantially more fish and shellfish from the UK EEZ than UK boats did from those States’ EEZs.
- Overall, EU fishing boats landed eight times more fish and shellfish (5 times more by value) from the UK EEZ than UK boats did from the EU EEZ, but for most individual Member States the imbalance was even greater.
- Belgian and Dutch fishing boats had the highest level of ‘dependence’ on the UK EEZ. Danish, German, French and Irish boats also had high levels of ‘dependence’.
- UK boats’ ‘dependence’ on other EU EEZs was much less; the most important being the Irish EEZ.