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EU fishing vessels, 3.4 mln tonnes of fish caught in 2022

According to Eurostat data, Spain fished 22% of the total: in the Mediterranean, Italy stands out with 36% of catches in the area

27, Nov 2023

EU fishing fleets caught 3.4 million tonnes of fish in 2022. According to Eurostat, this is the total live weight catch from the seven marine areas covered by EU statistics. At the top of the "ranking" is the Spanish fishing fleet which exceeded a fifth of all EU catches, catching 22% of the total, equal to 752,000 tonnes. In second place is the fleet of France, with 15% equal to 517,000 tons and, third, Denmark with 13% at 459,000 tons.

Around 70% of the total EU catches were made in the Atlantic and north-eastern area: in this area Denmark dominated, catching around a fifth, i.e. 19%, of the total catches in live weight: behind, in The area includes France (17%), the Netherlands (11%) and Spain (11%). The main species caught in the area were small fish such as herring which represented 19% of the live weight caught in this region, followed by sprat (14%), blue whiting (11%) and mackerel (10%). .

A tenth of the EU's total catches were made, however, in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: in this area it was the Italian fleet that prevailed over the others, achieving 36% of the catches, while Greece (19%), the Croatia (18%) and Spain (17%) accounted for most of the remainder. The main species caught in the area were sardines (22% of the U's catches in the area) and anchovies (18%).

In the central-eastern Atlantic area, where approximately 7% of the total EU catches were caught, the main catches were those of mackerel and yellowfin tuna. Among EU countries, Spain (37%), Latvia (around 16%), Lithuania (around 15%) and the Netherlands (around 12%) accounted for the majority of catches in the area.

Fishing in the western Indian Ocean represented almost 7% of the total EU catches, mainly tuna: the vast majority, 96% of the total live weight caught, was made up of tuna, in particular skipjack tuna , yellowfin tuna and bigeye tuna. Around two-thirds of the EU's catches in the area were made by Spain (66%) and most of the rest by France (31%).

Only 6% of the total EU catches were made in the three remaining marine areas where the main species caught were hake (Atlantic, south-western area), blue shark and skipjack tuna (Atlantic, south-eastern area) and redfish, halibut and cod (Atlantic, northwestern area).

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Brussels, 22/11/2023 09:42
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