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INCREASE IN CATCHES OF FISH IN THE NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC.

The European Economic Area (EEA) catch in the North-West Atlantic in 1999 totalled 68,081 tonnes in 1998/99, a 33.4% increase on the figure for the previous year. 80% of this total, or 54,595 tonnes, was caught by European Union Member States, according to provisional figures released by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities. In terms of volume, Spain was the leading fishing nation taking 37,237 tonnes and contributing 55% to the EEA total and 68% to the EU total. Apart from Spain, Portugal was the only other country to take a significant share of the overall catch with 16,554 tonnes (24% and 30% of the EEA and EU totals respectively). The other countries with notable catches are not members of the EU: Iceland took 9,147 tonnes (13% of the EEA total) and Norway, at 4,339 tonnes (6% of the EEA total). The EEA and EU catches represented only 3.7% and 2.9% respectively of the provisional total catch of 1.86 million tonnes from the North-West Atlantic in 1999.Eurostat also reports figures for the principal species caught, with fish contributing 97% and 82% to 1999 catches by the EU and EEA respectively. As in 1998, the major species in the catches of EEA countries was the Greenland halibut (Reinhardtius hippogiossoides). The catch of this species was 14,788 tonnes, 22% of the total catch and a 22% increase on the 1998 catch. Spain was responsible for the major part of this catch (9,023 tonnes or 61% of the EEA total) followed by Portugal (3,994 tonnes, 27% of the total), Norway (1,356 tonnes, 9% of the total) and Germany (415 tonnes, 3% of the tota1). The second most important species overall was the Northern prawn (Pandalus borealis), the only non-fish species to figure in the EEA catches. The 1999 EEA catch totalled 12,122 tonnes, up 53% on the figure for 1998. The two non-EU countries, Iceland and Norway, made the largest contribution to the total catch. EEA catches of Atlantic redfish (Sebastes spp.) (especially be Portugal) increased by 138% on 1998. Skate of the Raja species (caught by Spain and Portugal) contributed 11,559 tonnes to the total catch, and the Rough-head grenadier (Macrourus bergiax) a little more than 7,000 tonnes, with only the two aforementioned countries reporting catches of this species.

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