Between January and July 2010, 131,404 tonnes of fresh fish entered Spanish ports. This volume represents a drop of 8.9 per cent over the same period in 2009, when 144,356 tonnes were landed, claims the State Ports.
According to the report prepared by the entity under the Ministry of Development, in July, only 21,162 tonnes of fresh fish were caught, 12 per cent less than the same month last year (24,035 tonnes).
The port of Vigo received the majority of landings in July: 8,306 tonnes, which is still 9.6 per cent less than during the same month in 2009 (9,187 tonnes).
Meanwhile, in the first seven months of this year, 44,170 tonnes were landed in the Galician port, 4 per cent less than the same period in 2009 (46,045 tonnes).
In second place was the port of A Coruna, with 25,392 tonnes landed between January and July, 0.3 per cent less than during the same period last year (25,489 tonnes), and then Pasajes, with 10,898 tonnes.
The port of Ferrol-San Cibrao registered the largest increase in landings, by 94.2 per cent, as it had only received 122 tonnes in the first seven months of 2009, compared to the 237 tonnes this year.
Ranked slightly lower were the ports of Pasajes, with 10,898 tonnes, a 17.4 per cent increase between January and July 2009 (9277 tonnes), and Cartagena, with 659 tonnes, 4.1 per cent more than the same period last year (633 tonnes).
According to the latest report, the largest decrease occurred in the port of Algeciras Bay: it received only 694 tonnes of fresh fish in the first seven months, 45.8 per cent less than the same period of 2009, when landings totaled 1,282 tonnes.
Another port where there was a significant decrease in fresh fish landings was the Balearic Islands, where 978 tonnes were landed compared to the 1,687 tonnes caught between January and July 2009, ie 42 per cent less.
In the port of Motril, there was a decline in fresh fish landings by 37.1 per cent to 879 tonnes, while in the same period last year there had been 1399 tonnes landed.