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The facts onFishing in Europe

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The Big Picture

The blue economy in the EU
represents 5.4 million jobs and
generates almost €500 billion a year.

The EU fishing fleet is an integral
contributor to this vital part of the
European economy.

The EU fleet is the best monitored and
controlled in the world.

The Scale of the Industry

Employment

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116, 094 Fishermen

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115, 651 Processors

In some European coastal communities more than half of the local jobs are in the fishing sector.

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A Diverse Fleet

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87,445 Vessels

29 times as many vessels as the entire world’s navies combined

All vessels can operate sustainably

Large and small vessels are interdependent. Port infrastructures rely on the continuity of landings from large vessels to operate sustainably

Big vessels are able to target stocks not accessible to small vessels

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Big doesn’t mean bad! Size has no bearing on catching capacity; for example, 80% of a freezer trawler is taken up by processing and freezing facilities

Big and small vessels work together to guarantee continuity of supply

On average, the EU Fleet catch around 4,889,188 tonnes of fish a year

That’s a lot of fish - but we have a lot of people to feed

The weight of an average year’s catch is equivalent to...

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669 x Eiffel Towers

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2,475,538 x London Taxis

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27,938,217 x Little Mermaid statues

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11,111 x Christ the King statues

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337 x Leaning Tower of Pisas

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61,888,455 x Highland cabers

That’s 48 billion meals, enough to feed everyone
in the European Union 96 times.

A healthy diet should include at least two portions of fish a week, including one of oily fish

'Europeans' eight favourite seafoods

Tuna

1 Tuna

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2 Cod

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3 Salmon

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4 Pollack

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5 Herring

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6 Mussel

Tuna

7 Hake

Tuna

8 Mackerel

The number of stocks at ‘Maximum Sustainable Yield’ The measure of sustainability

has increased from 2 in 2003

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to 36 in 2015

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The industry works with scientists and governments to ensure stocks are fished at sustainable levels.

There has been a 50% reduction in fishing pressure across all stocks in the North East Atlantic due to stocks recovering.

The number of fish stocks within safe biological limits has gone from 12 in 2003 to 21 in 2014.

Economic contribution

In one year, the value of landings in EU countries was €7,046,200,000

That’s enough to buy six of the biggest clubs in Europe

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Many people are responsible for getting the fish to your plate...

these include fishermen, market workers, processors, distributors, and fishmongers.

Europêche is the most influential fishing organisation in Europe, representing twelve members in nine countries.

Denmark France Germany Italy Malta Netherlands Poland Spain UK

Europêche countries represent

80,000 Fishermen

12 Organisation

45,000 Vessels

9 Countries

One voice.

See the interactive map below for more information on Europêche’s member countries

Denmark
  1. Number of Fishermen – 1,661
  2. Number of Processors – 3,043
  3. Vessels – 2,682
  4. Catches (tonnes) – 736,846
  5. Eating habits/consumption (average per person, per year) – 23.1kg
France
  1. Number of Fishermen – 7,447
  2. Number of Processors – 15,662
  3. Vessels – 7,143
  4. Catches (tonnes) – 443,549
  5. Eating habits/consumption (average per person, per year) – 35.2kg
Germany
  1. Number of Fishermen – 1,258
  2. Number of Processors – 6,509
  3. Vessels – 1,538
  4. Catches (tonnes) – 224,592
  5. Eating habits/consumption (average per person, per year) – 14.3kg
Italy
  1. Number of Fishermen – 20,599
  2. Number of Processors – 5,517
  3. Vessels – 12,698
  4. Catches (tonnes) – 212,730
  5. Eating habits/consumption (average per person, per year) – 25.9kg
Malta
  1. Number of Fishermen – 155
  2. Number of Processors – 28
  3. Vessels – 1,037
  4. Catches (tonnes) – 1,920
  5. Eating habits/consumption (average per person, per year) – 31.5kg
Netherlands
  1. Number of Fishermen – 1,768
  2. Number of Processors – 2,537
  3. Vessels – 848
  4. Catches (tonnes) – 364,964
  5. Eating habits/consumption (average per person, per year) – 23.7kg
Poland
  1. Number of Fishermen – 1,576
  2. Number of Processors – 15,051
  3. Vessels – 832
  4. Catches (tonnes) – 169,593
  5. Eating habits/consumption (average per person, per year) – 12kg
Spain
  1. Number of Fishermen – 32,194
  2. Number of Processors – 17,702
  3. Vessels – 9,895
  4. Catches (tonnes) – 860,030
  5. Eating habits/consumption (average per person, per year) – 43.4kg
UK
  1. Number of Fishermen – 11,277
  2. Number of Processors – 18,572
  3. Vessels – 6,415
  4. Catches (tonnes) – 599,523
  5. Eating habits/consumption (average per person, per year) – 19.1kg

With thanks to

Europêche

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