At the end of last year, a total of 1,655 fishing ships were registered at the Icelandic Maritime Administration. That was an increase of thirty ships from the previous year, according to the Bureau of Statistics and reported by vísir.is today.
Fishing Ship. Copyright: IPA.
Mechanical ships numbered 764, an increase of three ships between years.
Trawlers totaled 58 up from 57 the year prior.
Open fishing boats numbered 833, an increase of 26 from the previous year.
Most of the ships, or 23 percent, were registered with harbors in the West Fjords as their home harbor. This was followed by West Iceland which was home to 19 percent of ships and South Iceland withfive percent of the total fleet.
At the end of 2011, the average age of the Icelandic fishing capital was just under 24 years. The average age of mechanical ships was 22 years, the trawler fleet 27 years and open fishing boats 23 years.