The increase in the fish market in Finland is largely based on imported fish. As late as the early 1980s, half of fish was domestic; today, imported fish accounts for more than 80 per cent of fish sold. Around 50 per cent of exported fish is from Norway.

Salmonids dominate more than half of the fish market. In particular, salmonids have replaced Baltic herring, which was the most important commercial fish in the early 1980s. Today, Norwegian salmon has taken its place.

Baltic herring is by far our most important fish species in commercial fishing. More than half of the Baltic herring and sprat catch is used for feed for fur animals. In inland waters, half of the catch is vendace.

In fish farming, the most important species is rainbow trout.

Imported salmon and domestic produced rainbow trout are the major raw materials for processing industry. The secure supply and stable quality are essential for efficient fish processing.

Finns increasingly consume fish

Finns like to eat fish, and demand for fish has almost doubled since the early 1980s. Over the years, farmed and exported fish has replaced wild-caught domestic fish.

Of domestic fish species, consumers favour farmed rainbow trout most, while the consumption of imported farmed salmon has been highest. Farmed fish accounts for slightly over 40 per cent of total fish consumption. In Finland, a substantial share of consumed fish is caught by recreational fishermen.

The Natural Resources Institute Finland monitors the production, the trade and the consumption of fish, as well as the development of the fish market. Fish industry, administration and researchers use market information to develope of fish sector in Finland.

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