Seventeen Hundred Fishing Boats in Iceland

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Seventeen Hundred Fishing Boats in Iceland

By Páll Stefánsson
Fishing boats in Patreksfjörður

A West Fjords Harbor.Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Iceland is a fishing nation. Statistics Iceland has published new data related to the Icelandic fishing fleet compiled at the end of 2013. The total number of fishing vessels registered at the Icelandic Maritime Administration is 1,696. The number increased by six vessels from the previous year.

The quantity of decked vessels was 783, and number of trawlers was 51 at the end of 2013, and decreased by five from the previous year. In 2013 the number of registered undecked vessels was 862.

At the end of 2013 the average age of Icelandic fishing vessels was around 25 years and two months. The average age of decked vessels was nearly 24 years; trawlers around 28 years and undecked vessels around 26 years.

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