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IMPACT OF THE INCREASE OF FUEL PRICE

In 2002 the EU-25 fleet had used 4.3 billion litres of fuel. The total fuel costs amounted to about 1 billion Euro, which represents about 15% of the value of landings. Considering that this fleet lands about 5.5-6 mln tonnes of fish, on average one kg of fish requires about 0.7 litres of fuel.

Evidently there are large differences between passive and active gears. Passive gears use less fuel than active gears. Small vessels use less fuel than large vessels. Particularly beam trawling is very energy intensive. The two main gear groups are the demersal and pelagic trawlers / seiners on one hand and the vessels using passive gears. These two groups represent 55% and 35% respectively of the total production value. For the trawlers / seiners group the fuel costs represent 15-17% of their revenues, while for the passive gears this amounts 10-14%. (download report)

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