Rybołówstwo

2. Fishing fleet

2. Fishing fleet

  1. Polski
  2. English

2. Fishing fleet

Download fleet statistics

Managing fleet capacity is an essential part of ensuring sustainable fishing, one of the main objectives of the common fisheries policy. The EU fishing fleet is very diverse, with vessels ranging from under six metres to over 75. Under EU law the total capacity of the fishing fleet may not be increased. Any decommissioning of vessels or reductions in fleet capacity achieved with public financial support must be permanent.

EU fishing fleet capacity by length category (2017)
Length

/fisheries/file/facts2boat4jpg_plfacts2_boat4.jpg

Number of vessels

/fisheries/file/facts2boat5jpg_plfacts2_boat5.jpg

Gross tonnage

/fisheries/file/facts2propeljpg_plfacts2_propel.jpg

Engine power in kW
Average age

/fisheries/file/facts2boat1jpg_plfacts2_boat1.jpg

< 12 70 709 176 329 2 516 081 24.7

/fisheries/file/facts2boat2jpg_plfacts2_boat2.jpg

12-24 9 673 386 499 1 770 575 22.5

/fisheries/file/facts2boat3jpg_plfacts2_boat3.jpg

> 24 2 735 1 013 600 1 979 313 17.1
TOTAL 83 117 1 576 429 6 265 969 21.4
 

NB: Length refers to total length.
Source: EU Fishing Fleet Register. Situation as in September 2017.

For the past 22 years, the EU fishing fleet capacity has declined in terms of both tonnage and engine power. Despite enlargements to the EU, the number of EU vessels in 2017 was 83 117 – 20 717 fewer than in 1996.

Healthier stocks contribute to a more sustainable industry. Overall, the EU fleet was profitable in 2015. This consolidates the gradual recovery of recent years, during which both gross profit and net profit margin of the fleet have shown an upward trend.

The fishing fleet of the Member States (2017)

Number of vessels % Gross tonnage % Engine power in kW %
BE 72

0.1%

13 814 0.9% 45 051 0.7%
BG 1 894 2.3% 6 111 0.4% 54 981 0.9%
DK 2 222 2.7% 68 625 4.4% 209 689 3.3%
DE 1 392 1.7% 62 116 3.9% 135 630 2.2%
EE 1 590 1.9% 14 217 0.9% 45 452 0.7%
IE 2 061 2.5% 62 373 4.0% 187 629 3.0%
EL 15 057 18.1% 71 313 4.5% 427 912 6.8%
ES 9 231 11.1% 335 179 21.3% 788 292 12.6%
FR 6 567 7.9% 174 067 11.0% 974 297 15.5%
HR 7 553 9.1% 46 839 3.0% 360 636 5.8%
IT 12 275 14.8% 157 274 10.0% 982 597 15.7%
CY 804 1.0% 3 465 0.2% 37 114 0.6%
LV 678 0.8% 30 120 1.9% 50 200 0.8%
LT 144 0.2% 40 877 2.6% 48 136 0.8%
MT 927 1.1% 6 384 0.4% 69 157 1.1%
NL 849 1.0% 131 936 8.4% 312 665 5.0%
PL 839 1.0% 25 322 1.6% 73 950 1.2%
PT 7 952 9.6% 92 794 5.9% 353 874 5.6%
RO 155 0.2% 1 371 0.1% 6 065 0.1%
SI 185 0.2% 725 0.05% 10 394 0.2%
FI 3 197 3.8% 16 426 1.0% 174 117 2.8%
SE 1 266 1.5% 25 595 1.6% 149 886 2.4%
UK 6 207 7.5% 189 485 12.0% 768 247 12.3%
EU-28 83 117 100% 1 576 429 100% 6 265 969 100%
 

Source: EU Fishing Fleet Register. Situation as in September 2017.

/fisheries/file/5487_pl2018-facts-fleet-capacity.png

 

Source: EU fishing fleet register

/fisheries/file/5488_pl9ff-2018.jpg.png