Fish: Sales

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th February 2020.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the average percentage variation between the live weight (a) shown on logbooks for fishing vessels of 10m and over registered in England and (b) derived from sales notes for (i) cod, (ii) monkfish, (iii) brill, (iv) whiting, (v) gurnard, (vi) lemon sole, (vii) squid, (viii) megrim, (ix) plaice, (x) red mullet and (xi) John Dory in 2019.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The following data shows the percentage change between the live weight of landed catch as recorded in logbooks, landing declarations and sales notes, for the species referred to, as reported by English administered over-10 metre vessels landed into UK ports in 2019. This information is based on data currently held by the Marine Management Organisation.

It should be noted that this data is yet to go through full validation checks, undertaken each year in advance of publication of the UK Annual Sea Fisheries Statistics. In addition, whilst valuable for initial cross-checking, the logbook is essentially a diary record of fishing activity maintained by skippers and not the formal landing declaration which documents the precise weight of landed catch.

Logbook, landing declaration and sales note live weights for selected species reported by English administered over 10 m vessels landed in to UK ports: Unvalidated data 2019 nei = not elsewhere included

Species Name

Logbook Live Weight (tonnes)

Sales Note Live Weight (tonnes)

Landing Declaration Live Weight (tonnes)

Logbook to Sales Note Percentage Change

Logbook to Landing Declaration Percentage Change

Anglerfishes nei

4,092

2,907

4,167

-29%

2%

Atlantic cod

5,750

2,660

5,652

-54%

-2%

Brill

228

251

255

10%

12%

Common squids nei

122

264

185

116%

51%

European plaice

1,484

1,515

1,542

2%

4%

Gurnard

853

872

970

2%

14%

John dory

106

138

137

30%

29%

Lemon sole

594

644

728

8%

23%

Megrims nei

840

795

841

-5%

0%

Red mullets

36

46

47

28%

30%

Whiting

2,206

2,258

2,379

2%

8%

Source: UK Fisheries Administrations

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