About the annual fleet report
The '2018 Economics of the UK Fishing Fleet' report includes the most recent nationwide costs and earnings data on the UK catching sector.
This includes information on 33 segments of the commercially active UK fishing fleet.
We carried out 700 face-to-face interviews with skippers and vessel owners during the summer of 2018. Our interviews highlighted issues including the availability and cost of quota, fuel price and market issues - such as the price of fish – amongst others, as the main factors impacting the financial performance of businesses.
When future ambitions were discussed, answers were mixed. Vessel owners and skippers mentioned several factors when discussing business limitations and uncertainty including quota, rising operating costs, competition, status of stocks, fish prices, the future political landscape and of course, the weather.