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    Thursday, 13 September 2012 14:51

    A REPORT published today shows that the value of fish landed by Scottish vessels increased by 13 per cent in real terms in 2011, to reach the highest level in the century, despite the volume being the lowest for a decade. However, some fishermen and politicians feel the statistics mask the tough economic realities facing the industry.

    The figures, which update April’s Provisional Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics, show that 359,000 tonnes of fish, with a value of £501 million, were landed by Scottish vessels.

    The total value of landings increased by 13 per cent in real terms compared with 2010. The main reason for this was a 39 per cent increase in real terms in the value of pelagic landings, to £184 million in 2011. There was a five per cent increase in real terms in the value of shellfish to £164 million, while the value of whitefish landings decreased slightly in real terms (two per cent) to £152 million.

    Pelagic landings were dominated by mackerel, which saw a 40 per cent increase in value in real terms in 2011. This stems from a 30 per cent increase in real terms in the price obtained for mackerel, combined with an eight per cent increase in volume. Herring, the other key pelagic species, also experienced a marked increase in price in 2011, 57 per cent higher in real terms than 2010, leading to a 42 per cent increase in real terms value, in spite of a decrease in the volume landed.

    In 2011, landings of North Sea haddock, North Sea cod, North Sea whiting, and North Sea saithe nearly exhausted the quota available. Quota uptake for the important pelagic stocks was exhausted for North Sea herring and slightly exceeded the quota allocation for West of Scotland mackerel and West of Scotland herring.

    The number of active fishing vessels based in Scotland was 2,095 at the end of 2011, representing a decrease of 55 vessels (three per cent) on the previous year and the smallest number of vessels ever recorded.

    Since the end of 2010, the number of over 10m vessels has decreased by 40 vessels to 625 vessels. The demersal sector consists of 229 vessels, a decrease of 27 vessels, while the shellfish sector reduced by 13 vessels to 372 vessels. The pelagic sector, with 24 vessels, was unchanged compared to 2010. There are 1,470 vessels in the under 10m fleet, a decrease of 15 vessels since 2010.

    The number of fishermen employed in the Scottish catching sector was 4,996 – a decrease of four per cent compared to 2010, and the lowest number ever recorded.

    Commenting on the publication of the statistics, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “Although these statistics show an increase of 13% in the value of fish landed, the main reason for this is down to the strong, and very welcome, global demand for mackerel.

    “However, income and profitability are two very different things. The reality is that most of our fleet is facing severe economic and cost pressures, including the soaring price of fuel, the extra costs required to meet a whole range of complex technical regulations, and the disruption of fishing patterns caused by days-at-sea restrictions. The prawn sector has also been hit by reduced demand in key European markets caused by the global recession.

    “The decrease of 55 vessels (3%) in the Scottish fleet and the decline in employment to the lowest ever recorded levels in the catching sector compared with 2010 portrays a much more accurate reflection of the severe pressures facing the fishing industry today and highlights the dysfunctional regulations that we are having to endure. This is why the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy must deliver a management regime that will secure a sustainable and profitable future of the fleet.”

    Commenting on the figures, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said: “The increase to value of fish is welcome but should not distract us from what is clearly a very troubled economic outlook for Scotland’s fishing industry. This must be tackled head on by the Scottish Government.

    “Richard Lochhead should work with the UK government to promote the Coastal Communities Fund in Scotland. The £3.9 million fund will go some way to support economic development in Scottish coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs in tourism, fisheries and aquaculture sectors.”

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    Maybe the value of landings have went up by 13% but i bet the crews wages have dropped by the same amount if not more Davie !!!!

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    aye prices have maybe gone up but fuels gone up a lot more than 13% over the last year

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