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Fish landings continue to achieve high levels in Shetland. 

White fish landings and values in Shetland 

Since the introduction of the electronic auction:

  Year           Value             Tonnes       

   Price per tonne      

  2014    £27.6m    16,468    £1,676 
  2013    £25.6m    16,727    £1,530 
  2012    £21.7m    13,971    £1,553
  2011    £25.3m     13,637     £1,855
  2010    £23.4m    14,167     £1,652
  2009    £24.5m     15,332    £1,598
  2008    £24.5m     15,445    £1,586 
  2007    £19.5m     12,969     £1,504 
  2006    £16.5m     11,344    £1,455 
  2005    £11.6m       9,850     £1,178
  2004      £8.9m       8,965       £993 

The electronic auction was introduced to Shetland in August 2003 and, since then, the volume of white fish landed has increased by 84 per cent. This steady growth demonstrates the significant progress that the auction has made.

Figures for 2014 reveal that the value of fish landed at Shetland’s markets has increased by 8% and the volume has decreased by 1.5% compared with 2013. 

Auction manager, Martin Leyland, said: “We are delighted with the results which continue to show that the competitive prices achieved by the electronic auction, our strong emphasis on high quality and proximity to the fishing grounds, all contribute to attracting fishing boats to land in Shetland.”

Technology Development Funding

In October 2015 Shetland Seafood Auctions received funding from the European Fisheries Fund 2007-13 Axis 4 programme and Shetland Islands Council to introduce an electronic recording and printing of sample fish weighing.

This technological development has further enhanced Shetland's reputation as an excellent place to land fish by improving quality, consistency and traceability to its customers in UK and Europe.