Overview of Scotland’s Top Ten Seafood Species

Scotland remains the major region in the UK fishing industry and accounts for over 70% of all UK fleet landings. The most import species landed into Scotland in 2009 are shown in Table 1 below, they are ranked by highest value at point of first sale.

In 2009, hake became the 9th most valued species to the Scottish industry. This is a very recent trend change which reflects the increased catches of this species particularly in the North Sea. Over the last 3 years the industry has seen landings of this species double due to a rapid increase in abundance of this fish.

 

Species

Total Value

2009

(£ million)

Total Volume

2009

(Tonnes)

Value

£ per Kg

(Liveweight)

1

Mackerel

79.74

94,550

0.84

2

Langoustine

78.27

31,490

2.49

3

Haddock

32.13

32,680

0.98

4

Monks

31.20

9,900

3.15

5

Scallops

19.08

9,850

1.94

6

Cod

16.72

9,400

1.78

7

Lobster

11.37

1,100

10.34

8

Edible Crab

10.51

9,510

1.11

9

Hake

10.51

5,700

1.84

10

Saithe

9.96

14,260

0.70

 

Table 1: Calculated from: Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics, 2009. Scottish Government.

                                Based on UK vessel landings into Scotland.

These ten species accounted for just over 85% of the total value of UK fleet landings into Scotland. In 2009 the most valuable species to the Scottish industry was mackerel with a value of over £79 million, mackerel makes up approximately 23% of the total value of fish landed into Scotland by UKvessels.

These ten species alone accounted for 78.8 % of the volume (tonnes) landed into Scotland by UK vessels.

The proportionate value of all species landed into Scotland by the UK fleet is illustrated in Fig. 1. Nephrops and mackerel alone, account for 45% of the value to the whole industry.  The four main shellfish species; scallops, crab, lobster and langoustine, account for 33%.

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