Fish landings by Gozitan fisherman down by over 30% in Q3

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Fish landings by Gozitan fisherman down by over 30% in Q3In the third quarter, the reported volume and wholesale value of fish landings in Malat and Gozo declined by 14.6 and 3.6 per cent respectively over the corresponding period last year.

According to the figures released by the National Statistics Office, in the third quarter, the volume of fish landed at the local fish market by Gozitan fishermen declined by 30.3 per cent. Lower Dorado landings (-52.4 per cent) and ‘other species,’ mainly Mackarel (-23.7 per cent) contributed to this downfall.

As a result, the wholesale value for fish landings by Gozitan fishermen during the third quarter amounted to €303,938, a drop of 6.1 per cent over the comparative period last year.

Fish landings in the third quarter this year in Malta and Gozo amounted to 369,136 kilograms, down by 14.6 per cent over the comparative period last year. This was due to a drop in various species, mainly Shrimp (-43.0 per cent) and Dorado (-36.6 per cent). Swordfish, the main species landed during the quarter under review, registered an increase of 6.3 per cent over the comparative period last year. Furthermore, the wholesale value of fresh fish landings declined by 3.6 per cent to €2.1 million.

During the period under review, Maltese fishermen landed 251,812 kilograms (-4.6 per cent) of fresh fish, making up 68.2 per cent of total landings. This resulted from a drop in landings in respect of Shrimp (-43.6 per cent) and Dorado (-23.6 per cent). The wholesale value of fish landings by Maltese fishermen, which represented 85.4 per cent of total landings, declined by 3.2 per cent to €1.8 million this year.

The quarterly ‘All Items’ fresh fish price index for the third quarter stood at 125.09 points, up 14.4 per cent over the comparative period in 2011. The quarterly ‘All Items’ fresh fish volume index declined by 18.88 points (-14.6 per cent), from 129.33 points in 2011 to 110.45 points in the period under review.

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    2 Responses

    1. Pete Bullen says:

      More good reasons for properly protected no take zones, creating safe zones for fish to breed, grow, mature and in turn spill out into fishable areas would benefit fisheries, fishermen and tourism. Now all we need is the will to create the zones and genuinely enforce the protection not just pay lip service to them. The no take ban has to extend right down to hobbyist spear fishing,

      Every fisherman I speak to acknowledges the need but few would give up their individual favourite fishing spots, whilst they all acknowledge that their take has declined year on year.

    2. Walter Sultana says:

      I was told The Gozitan and Maltese Fishermen , were selling their Catch to the Italians Fishermen on Sea , before they come in Malta Shores . I was wondering if this is TRUE ???? Gozitan .

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