OSLO: In 2015, Norwegian vessels delivered 2.3 million tonnes of fish, crustaceans and molluscs, which was about the same as the year before. The landed value of catch came to NOK 16.4 billion; up 14 per cent from 2014.
Sixty-two per cent of the catch was used for consumption, while 38 per cent was used for the production of meal, oil, animal feed etc., according to Statistics Norway.
The cod catch came to 417 500 tonnes, with a value of NOK 5.4 billion. This accounted for 18 per cent of the total catch quantity and 33 per cent of the total catch value. Measured by the value of landed catch, cod fishing was the most important fisheries catch.
In 2015, the fist hand value of mackerel and saithe came to NOK 2.0 and 1.5 billion respectively. Compared with 2014, this is up 5 per cent for mackerel and 16 per cent for saithe. In the same period, the catch quantity of mackerel and saithe decreased by 13 and 2 per cent respectively.
The blue whiting catch in 2015 came to 489 400 tonnes, with a value of NOK 923 million. Compared with 2014, this is an increase of 59 per cent for landed value and 23 per cent for catch quantity.
In 2015, the catch of herring was 23 per cent lower than the year before, and amounted to 14 per cent of the total catch. The landed value of herring decreased by 3 per cent, corresponding to 11 per cent of the total landed value in 2015.