Fish landings at Vigo port. (Photo: WFE)
Fresh fish landings remain stable
Wednesday, July 04, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
Between January and May, 2012 about 88,614 tonnes of fresh fish entered the ports of Spain, representing just 1.8 per cent less than in the same period of 2011, when 90,322 tonnes were landed, Puertos del Estado reported.
According to a report issued by the entity under the Ministry of Development, in May 19,405 tonnes of fresh fish were landed, that is to say, practically the same as in the fifth month last year (19,441 tonnes).
The port of Vigo concentrated the largest landings in May: it received 6,259 tonnes, 7.2 per cent less than during the same month in 2011 (6,741 tonnes).
Meanwhile, in the first five months of this year 25,896 tonnes were landed in this important Galician port, representing 1.8 per cent less than in the same period of 2011 (26,375 tonnes).
The port of A Coruña was located in second place with 17,732 tonnes that were landed between January and May, representing 5.8 per cent over the same period in 2011 (16,756 tonnes); and after it was Pasajes with 12,178 tonnes.
Almeria port was the one which registered the largest increase in landings, reaching 128.1 per cent: it had received 1,057 tonnes in the first five months of 2011, and in the same period in 2012, the landings were 2,412 tonnes.
Further back were located the ports of Motril, with 1,109 tonnes, representing 42.9 per cent over the period between January and May, 2011; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with 2,034 tonnes, representing 42 per cent more than in the same period last year; and Algeciras Bay, with 396 tonnes, representing 13.7 per cent more than in the first five months of 2011.
According to the latest report of Puertos del Estado, the largest decrease occurred in the port of Las Palmas: it received no fresh fish in the first five months of 2012, compared to 579 tonnes in the same period of 2011.
Another port where there was a significant decrease in fresh fish landings was that of Ceuta: 6 tonnes were landed compared to 31 tonnes between January and May, 2011, that is to say, 80.6 per cent less.
In the port of Gijón fresh fish landing drop was 43.4 per cent: This terminal received 3,291 tonnes while in the same period last year 5,822 tonnes had been landed.
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member World Fishing Exhibition (WFE-AQA)
By Analia Murias