Fish landing in the port of Vigo. (Photo: Puerto de Vigo/HyC)
Fresh fish landings continue falling
Monday, August 12, 2013, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
Between January and June, 2013 a total of 105,753 tonnes of fresh fish entered the ports of Spain. This volume represents a 5.7 per cent decrease compared to the same period in 2012, when 112,149 tonnes were unloaded, informed Puertos del Estado.
According to a report issued by the entity under the Ministry of Development, only in June 18,939 tonnes of fresh fish were landed, 1.9 per cent less than in the same month last year (21,571 tonnes).
The port of Vigo concentrated the largest landings of June: it received 6,884 tonnes, 1.8 per cent more than during the same month in 2012 (7,379 tonnes).
Meanwhile, in the first six months of this year 32,037 tonnes were landed in this important Galician port, 3.7 per cent less than in the same period in 2012 (33,275 tonnes).
In second place was the port of A Coruña, with 20,634 tonnes that entered between January and June, representing 9.4 per cent less than in the same period in 2012 (22,796 tonnes); and then Pasajes was located with 13,243 tonnes.
Cadiz Bay Port was the one registering the largest increase in landings: 24.3 per cent. It had received 1,444 tonnes in the first six months of 2012, and in the same period in 2013, it received 7,941 tonnes.
Other ports in which there were significant increases were those of Cartagena, with 308 tonnes (23.6 per cent more than in the period between January and June, 2012); and Gijón, which received 6,143 tonnes (up 19.3 per cent more).
According to the latest report, the largest decrease occurred in the port of Barcelona: it received only 100 tonnes of fresh fish in the first six months, 89.1 per cent fewer than in the same period of 2012, when landings totalled 925 tonnes.
Another port where there was a significant decrease in fresh fish landings was the Bay of Algeciras: 147 tonnes were landed compared to 485 tonnes unloaded between January and June, 2012, that is to say, 69.6 per cent less.
In the port of Almeria the fall in fresh fish landings was 54.9 per cent: this terminal received 1,312 tonnes while in the same period last year 2,909 tonnes had been unloaded.
By Analia Murias