Written Answers. - Fish Landings.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

156 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the total catch by species, landed by the fishing fleet in the past 12 months; if this represents an increase or decrease on previous years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7737/01]

The following table sets out the total catch by species landed by the fishing fleet for the years 1997 to 1999 the latest year for which final figures are available has been forwarded to the Deputy. Landings in respect of 1998 are slightly up on the other two years. This is due mainly to an increase in the pelagic sector.

Landings by Irish vessels

Species

1999(tonnes)

1998(tonnes)

1997(tonnes)

Blue Ling

43

22

1

Blue Shark

67

141

0

Brill

126

1

180

Catfish

35

39

22

Cod

3,636

4,778

5,011

Cod Roe

15

4

5

Codling

210

512

690

Common Sole

439

415

352

Conger Eel

295

374

202

Dabs

66

109

112

Flounder

13

13

13

Forkbeard

379

318

228

G/Land Halibut

78

21

2

Grenedier

1

0

4

Gurnard

118

63

82

Haddock

4,899

6,572

6,230

Hake

2,091

1,971

2,268

Halibut

11

9

4

John Dory

145

98

112

Lemon Sole

531

528

667

Ling

1,139

1,272

1,305

Megrim

3,162

3,382

3,063

Mixed Doxes

117

153

135

Monk Tails

104

73

81

Monk/Angler

4,194

4,178

3,799

Mullet

29

53

33

Other Demersal

280

420

187

Other Flatfish

37

184

74

Plaice

1,423

1,730

1,698

Poitie

67

0

0

Porbeagle

8

2

0

Pouting

21

1

12

Ray/Skate

2,283

2,120

2,173

Redfish

171

71

48

Saithe

1,704

1,687

1,839

Sand Sole

1

15

12

Scabbard

1

0

1

Sea Bream

1

6

8

Shark net

22

169

32

Slip Sole

52

110

126

Spotted Dog

682

1,144

1,085

Spur Dog

962

1,259

1,297

Tope Shark

0

0

0

Turbot

261

234

257

Tusk

43

43

45

Various Dogs

1

0

0

White Pollock

1,049

946

1,050

Whiting

7,643

7,762

9,392

Witch

713

657

605

Wreckfish

0

0

0

Total Demersal

39,427

43,657

45,082

Tuna

4,909

3,770

1,927

Argentine

396

405

1,089

Blue Whiting

35,880

45,538

25,987

Herring

45,334

58,248

57,155

Horse Mackerel

58,201

74,253

75,002

Mackerel

59,609

67,310

53,084

Pilchard

3,195

0

0

Sandeel

389

0

0

Sprat

5,826

1,578

2,085

Swordfish

81

132

14

Total Pelagic

213,819

251,235

216,343

Species

1999(tonnes)

1998(tonnes)

1997(tonnes)

Blue Mussel

20,804

18,379

18,057

Clam

116

160

182

Cockle

1

296

64

Crab Claws

1,322

1,464

1,658

Crawfish

35

46

48

Edible Crab

6,450

5,928

5,953

Escallop

1,497

693

633

Flat Oyster

1,180

1,523

773

Gigas Oys AQ

3,667

3,593

3,354

Lobster

598

611

513

Nephrops

4,603

3,998

3,454

Octopus

10

3

7

Other Crab

169

79

1

Other Ghelifish

0

3

0

Palourdes

3

3

42

Periwinkle

3,018

2,636

3,142

Prawn Tail

3,889

2,952

3,566

Queen Escallop

29

5

7

Razor-Shell

407

316

28

Sea Urchin

2

1

5

Shrimp (SMP)

4

7

4

Shrimp (PAL)

548

498

355

Spider Crab

299

185

154

Squid nei

282

610

442

Velvet Crab

309

314

272

Whelk

4,561

3,667

3,852

Total Shellfish

53,801

47,977

46,563

Total All Fish

307,047

342,869

307,987

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

157 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the total catch landed by fishermen from other EU member states in the past 12 months; if this represents an increase or decrease on previous years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7738/01]

The following table sets out the total catch landed by EU vessels into Ireland for the years 1997 to 1999, the latest year for which final figures are available has been forwarded to the Deputy. Landings in respect of 1998 are up on the other two years. This is due mainly to an increase in blue whiting in the pelagic sector.

Landings by EU Vessels into Ireland 1997-1999

Year

Country

(tonnes)

1997

UK

7,523

Germany

1,270

Spain

1,445

Belgium

222

France

3,675

Holland

58

Portugal

997

Total

15,190

1998

UK

20,896

Germany

84

Denmark

100

Spain

1,610

Belgium

35

France

4,918

Total

27,643

Year

Country

(tonnes)

1999

UK

5,041

Germany

149

Denmark

997

Spain

4,262

Belgium

33

France

4,725

Total

15,207