For the latest statistics on the UK fishing industry visit
retail focused information visit Seafish's
website and conduct a search on UK Fishing Fleet Statistics
for a selection of what's available. Here are examples of
what you may find:
2012, there were 6,406 registered fishing vessels, a reduction of
15% since 2002. Of these vessels, around 4,600 were active during
2012 and of those, around 1,800 had annual value of fish landings
below £10,000. The list of registered vessels in 2012 comprised
5,032 under 10m vessels and 1,374 over 10m vessels.
There were around 12,450 fishermen in the UK in 2012, down 12% since
2002. Of these, 5,900 were based in England, 1,100 in Wales, 4,700
in Scotland and 800 in Northern Ireland (up 32%).
UK fishermen have to operate under strict management regimes.
Many of the stocks around the country’s coastline
are currently very healthy; for example, stocks of herring and
shellfish such as langoustine. However, many of the most abundant
species are exported and there is scope to increase UK consumption
recent years, new alliances have been built between government,
fishermen, statutory bodies, conservationists and scientists to
work towards a sustainable future for the seas around the UK.
As these new partnerships develop there is scope for buyers to
change their specifications, building in commitments to better
conservation practices by fishermen. The Head of Environmental
at Seafish is helping the seafood industry
build on this.