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2020 was an unusual year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and also very complicated due to the consequences of this pandemic on economic activities, including fishing. We should highlight the important role we have played as an essential sector for the supply of food to the population.

In 2020, and mainly due to the pandemic crisis, Spanish homes increased their consumption of fresh fish by 10.5% with consumer prices increasing by around 3%. An increase in the average price which unfortunately has not been seen in the prices during the first sales of the markets.

On the other hand, hotels and restaurants were closed during a large part of the year, as well as canteens in schools and businesses. Despite all these negative circumstances, we can say that our billing parameters were maintained with respect to 2019, thanks to an increase in landings which has allowed us to overcome a very difficult situation.

Total Volume Tons
Hake Tons
Millions of Euros
Millions € Hake

In 2020, a total of 14,908 tons of fish worth 44.38 million euros were auctioned in the market of Puerto de Celeiro, S.A. These figures for 2019 were 13,154 tons and 44.89 million euros respectively, which, in terms of the quantities sold, represents an increase of 13.3% (1,753 tons more) and in terms of billing, a slight fall of 1.13% (500,000 euros less). There was a significant fall in the average price versus that of the previous year, from 3.41 euros/kilo in 2019 to 2.98 euros/kilo in 2020.



IN RELATION to the different species auctioned and as a relevant hake port, in 2020 this species accounted for 86.91% of the total billing, with 38.57 million euros in 2020 and 71.22% of the species sold, with 10,617 tons.

Main Species Sold by Vale

Hake 86%
Mackerel 2%
Horse Mackerel 1%
Blue Whiting 1%
European Anchovy 1%

Main Special Sold by Volume

Hake 71%
Mackerel 6%
Blue Whiting 6%
Horse Mackerel 5%
European Anchovy 4%

Mackerel (924 tons), blue whiting (831 t), horse mackerel (798 t) and European anchovy (627 t) in that order were the next species with the greatest weight in the auction, with percentages of 6.20%, 5.57%, 5.35% and 4.21% of the total respectively. These four species are also found among the five main ones in terms of value, after hake and with percentages of 2.14% (mackerel), 1.35% (horse mackerel), 1,27% (blue whiting) and 1.16% (European anchovy) with respect to the total.

As for the average prices recorded in 2020, they were 3.64 euros/kilo for hake, 1.03 euros/kilo for mackerel, 0.76 euros/kilo for horse mackerel, 0.68 euros/kilo for blue whiting and 0.82 euros/kilo for European anchovy.



Ranked second in volume and value

The second species in volume auctioned at Puerto de Celeiro in 2020 with 924.14 tons, representing 6.20% of all the tons sold. It was also the second in terms of value with 951,281 euros, accounting for 2.14% of the total billing.

With respect to 2019, landings increased by 74.21% while value increased by 4.17%. In turn, the average price fell by 40%, from 1.72 euros/kilo in 2019 to 1.03 euros/kilo in 2020.

Mackerel Tons
Invoiced for Mackerel


Ranked third in volume

With a total of 830.76 tons for a first-sale value of 565,852 euros, in 2020 blue whiting ranked third in importance in terms of quantities sold at the fish market of Puerto de Celeiro and fourth in value, with 565,852 euros. Its average price was 0.68 euros/kilo.

This species fell in terms of the volume sold, which was 22% less than the value recorded in 2019 and in billing, with a fall of 15.45% compared to the previous year. For its part, the price increased from 0.63 euros/kilo in 2019 to 0.68 euros/kilo in 2020, i.e., an increase of 7.94 %. 40%, from 1.72 euros/kilo in 2019 to 1.03 euros/kilos in 2020.

Blue Whiting Tons
Invoiced for Blue Whiting


Ranked third in terms of billing

In 2020 it was the fourth species auctioned in terms of volume and the third in terms of billing. The figures recorded for horse mackerel were 797.67 tons sold and a first-sale value of 602,919.62 euros.

Whereas the quantities of horse mackerel auctioned amounted to 6.17% with respect to 2019, with an increase in value of 23.05 %. The average price for this species was 0.76 euros/kilo, representing an increase of 15.90%, that is, 10 cents more per kilo.

Horse Mackerel Tons
Invoiced for Horse Mackerel
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