In 2018, Croatia increased the catch and production of marine fish and other marine organisms by 3.9 percent compared to the previous year, increased the number of fishermen and vessels, and increased the value of fishing by 16.5 percent, according to data from the State Office for Statistics – N1 writes.
Statisticians explain that the increase in the value of fishing was influenced by the increase in the value of marine fishing, by 17.5 percent, which saw an increase in quantities sold (by 4.3 percent) and prices (by 12.6 percent). According to the State Office for Statistics, 65,797 tons of blue fish were sold last year, which is almost two thousand tons more than in 2017. At the same time, the value of blue fish sold increased by 32 percent to 520.5 million kuna.
Last year, 15,564 tons of other fish were sold, and the value of that sale reached 652 million kuna, which is an increase of 8.8 percent compared to the previous year. Last year, the number of fishermen in marine fisheries increased by 1.6 percent, to 6,668. The number of fishermen engaged in commercial fishing in marine fisheries decreased by 2.1 percent to 3,113, but the number of fishermen in small-scale coastal fishing increased by 5 percent to 3,555. The number of fishing vessels increased by 0.2 percent last year, reaching 7,573.
The total catch and production of marine fish and other marine organisms in 2018 increased by 3.9 percent from a year earlier to 86,613 tons. Last year's catch was dominated by blue fish with 63,814 tonnes, and if 3,227 tonnes of blue fish from breeding is added, the total catch and production of bluefish was 67,041 tonnes, or 2.6 percent more than in 2017.
Last year's largest share of blue fish caught was sardine, which was 46,267 tonnes, or 4.4 percent less than a year ago. But high growth, by 39.8 percent, recorded the tuna harvest and production, totaling 3,906 tons. Tuna is predominant with the production of 3,227 tonnes, while last year's tuna catch was 679 tonnes.
Last year's marine fisheries statistics show that the catch and production of other fish amounted to 16,318 tons, up 12.2 percent from a year earlier.
Last year's catches of shellfish increased by 8.5 percent to a total of 1,179 tonnes, while at the same time there is a drop in catches and farming of oysters and other molluscs by 13.9 percent to 2,075 tonnes.
The data also shows that total freshwater fish production in 2018 decreased by 11.4 percent, to 2,899 tons. Consumption fish production in carp ponds was reduced by 12.1 percent to 2,529 tonnes and trout pond production by 6.6 percent to 370 tonnes. The value of freshwater fisheries in 2018 compared to 2017 fell by 3.8 percent. According to statisticians, this decrease was influenced by the smaller quantity sold (by 11.4 percent), although freshwater fish prices increased by 8.6 percent – N1 writes.