49,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish worth £70 million were landed in Shetland in 2021. That is about 10% less than in 2020 by weight although only 3% less in value. The fall in landings was due to decreases in the quantities of both pelagic fish and whitefish landed in Shetland in 2021, the latter in turn almost entirely due to a substantial fall in the quantity of whitefish landed by foreign fishing boats.
Shetland-based fishing boats landed 112,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish worth £110 million (everywhere) in 2021, a substantial increase from 2020 (20% more by weight, 5% by value). This increase was mostly in landings of pelagic fish (especially blue whiting), but landings of whitefish were also up, especially in value (by 8%).
More fish and shellfish were landed in Shetland in 2021 than in any other port in the UK except Peterhead and more finfish was landed in Shetland than in all of England and Wales.
Overall, there does not appear to have been any significant impact on fish landings in Shetland from the COVID-19 pandemic, except perhaps on the prices of shellfish.


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Napier, I. 2022, Shetland Fisheries Statistics 2021, Shetland Fisheries Statistics 2021. Available at: https://pure.uhi.ac.uk/en/publications/9eeaaf7e-1ce9-4c48-92cb-13d8b0519ff7

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