Catches by major species and areas
Assessment made on 01 May 2004
ClassificationFisheries (Primary theme)
Coasts and seas
- FISH 011
Policy issue: Are we achieving sustainable marine fishing?
Total European (EEA) capture production (landings) increased by 20% (1.6 million tonnes) between 1990 and 2000.
Landings reached a peak in 1997 of over 12 million tonnes and declined to 11 million tonnes in 2000. Increases or decreases in landings do not, however, signal a healthy or unhealthy fishing industry or environment, as increases in fish landings may be driven by either increasing amounts of available fish or increasing fishing effort. Similarly, decreasing landings may be the result of a lack of available fish or a change in management measures or fishing patterns.
The seas around Europe contribute the majority of landings by European countries i.e. European countries are not heavily dependent on landings from distant waters (all sea areas outside of the North East Atlantic Ocean, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Arctic Ocean). Since 1990, the dependence on landings from distant waters has declined from 21 % (2.5 million tonnes) to 8 % (0.9 million tonnes).
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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