Almost one fifth (18.1 pct) of the European Union’s fishing fleet in 2016 was registered in Greece, followed by Italy (14.7 pct) and Spain (11.1 pct), data from Eurostat showed on Tuesday.
On average, however, these Greek vessels are small, with an average size of 4.7 gross tonnes (much less than the EU-28 average of 19.0 gross tonnes) and an average engine power of 28.4 kilowatts in 2016 (compared with an EU-28 average of 75.7 kilowatts).
In terms of capacity Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom had the largest fishing fleets, accounting for 53.8 percent of total gross tonnage and 55.9 percent of engine power in 2016. In Finland, the number of vessels has grown by 13.6 percent in 2016 compared to 2015 but has decreased by 4.6 percent between 2008 and 2016.
In terms of gross tonnage, the Spanish fishing fleet was by far the largest (338 thousand gross tonnes in 2016 or 21.2 pct of the EU-28 total gross tonnage); this was close to twice as high as the next largest fleet, that of the United Kingdom (186 thousand gross tonnes or 11.7 pct of the EU-28), which was followed by France (173 thousand gross tonnes or 10.9 pct of the EU-28), Italy (157 thousand gross tonnes or 9.9 pct of the EU-28) and the Netherlands (132 thousand gross tonnes or 8.3 pct of the EU-28).