Published: 09/10/2017 14:41 - Updated: 09/10/2017 14:49

£39 million of fish landed at Scrabster during 2016

 

£39.4 million worth of fish and shellfish was landed in the Scrabster fishing district last year. Picture: Will Clark
£39.4 million worth of fish and shellfish was landed in the Scrabster fishing district last year. Picture: Will Clark.

 

SCRABSTER Harbour is the third most valuable landing port in Scotland, according to newly released figures.

The 2016 Scottish Sea Fisheries statistics revealed £39.4 million worth of fish and shellfish was landed in the Scrabster fishing district during 2016.

The results are based on 19,713 tonnes of fish which were landed at the harbour last year which makes it the fourth largest landing port in the country.

Peterhead is once again the largest fishing district in Scotland selling £174.1 million of fish from 161.235 tonnes that was landed.

Shetland is second with £79.1 million from 71,557 tonnes that was landed last year.

Fraserburgh saw the third largest amount of fish and shellfish landed in Scotland with 22,968 tonnes but was valued less than Scrabster at only £37.8 million.

It comes after Scrabster Harbour Trust reported the number of boxes landed at the port had grown by three per cent to 299,293 boxes between April 2016 and March 2017.

This is compared to 290,652 tonnes of fish that was landed in the same period between 2015 and 2016.

Hake was the most valuable fish landed at Scrabster last year totalling £11.715 million and was also the most landed at 3854 tonnes.

It has overtaken monkfish as the most valuable fish, which took in £6.5 million from 2375 tonnes that was landed last year. Haddock was the third most valuable fish landed at Scrabster at £4.9 million from almost 3500 tonnes.

A total of 3551 tonnes of shellfish was taken ashore at Scrabster Harbour last year worth £6.8 million.

This included £4.1 million of crabs, £1.2 million of scallops and £534,000 of lobsters.

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