Fisheries | Compendium Coast and Sea


In 2016, the worldwide production of fisheries products, including aquaculture amounted to 202.2 million tonness (excluding marine mammals). Sea fishery products take up 139.4 million tonnes of which 57.7% (80.4 million tonnes) accounts for wild catches. In 2016, the fleet of the European Union was responsible for 4.4% of the global fish catches. In 2016, Belgian catches accounted for 0.5% of the European total. In the same year, the Belgian fishing fleet accounted for less than 0.1% of the European fleet with a tonnage and engine capacity of 0.9 and 0.7% of the European total, respectively. In the ‘Thematic chapter’, an overview is given of the scientific knowledge, socioeconomic data and legal aspects of the user function ‘Fisheries’ for the Belgian part of the North Sea. The international, European, federal and Flemish legislation applicable to this activity is discussed in more detail under ‘Legislation’, while the figures and background data can be consulted in an interactive way by clicking ‘Coastal portal’. More information about the available expertise regarding fisheries within the Belgian marine research groups and their relevant research infrastructure can be consulted by clicking ‘Research groups’ and ‘Infrastructure’, respectively.