Key statistics and trends in the UK sea fishing industry, including landings, employment, fleet size, trade, sustainability and comparisons with EU countries.Jump to full report >>
This briefing paper examines trends in the UK sea fishing industry, including landings, employment, fleet size, trade, and comparisons with other EU countries.
UK vessels land around 400,000 tonnes of fish each year in the UK, and between 200,000 and 300,000 tonnes abroad.
Landings by the UK fleet were down in 2015, around a 7% reduction on 2014. Reduced landings in pelagic fish account for much of this fall. The value of landings by the UK fleet has increased in recent years, but is still 11% lower in real terms than in 1994.
The total number of fishermen is around 12,000, down from around 20,000 in the mid-1990s. The number of fishing vessels in the UK fleet has fallen by 28% since 1996.
The UK is a net importer of fish, with net imports of around 238,000 tonnes in 2015, worth £1.3bn.
The UK fleet has the third largest total catch (in terms of landed weight) and has the second-largest fleet size (in gross tonnage terms) in the EU.
Commons Briefing papers SN02788
Authors: Noel Dempsey; Tom Rutherford; Grahame Allen