Iceland's fishery landings jump amid high capelin catch

Total commercial fishery landings went up by 53% in March.

Iceland’s total catch in March increased 53 percent compared with the same month a year earlier, surpassing 201,000 metric tons, according to the Icelandic Directorate of Fisheries.

The increase is explained by a higher catch of pelagic, in particular, landings of capelin were 132,000 metric tons, compared with 79,000 metric tons caught in March 2016.

In addition, demersal catch reached 57,000 metric tons during the period, an increase of 14 percent from the same period a year earlier.

However, landings in the 12 months through April decreased 3 percent year-on-year.

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