The commercial inland fishery catch totalled 6.5 million kilos in 2017. In 2016, the total catch was 5.8 million kilos. During both years, the crayfish catch totalled approximately 850,000 crayfish, with the signal crayfish accounting for roughly 95%. Its total catch value was EUR 15.3 million in 2017 and EUR 14.9 million in 2016. This was EUR 3 million more than during the previous statistics year in 2014.
This information is indicated by the statistics of commercial fishery catches in 2016 and 2017 of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
“This is the first time statistics of the amount and value of commercial inland fishery is published following the amended Fishing Act. Previously, not all catches were entered into statistics, as there was no comprehensive register of commercial fishers and the catches of many fishers that only sold fish and crayfish occasionally were excluded from the statistics”, says Mika Rahikainen, senior statistician at Luke.
The most valuable inland species are vendace, pikeperch and signal crayfish
Vendace is the most important inland fish species measured by catch volume (nearly 50% of the total catch) and value (42–45% of the total catch value). The vendace catch was 3.2 million kilos in 2017 (2.8 million kilos in 2016). The vendace catch values of EUR 5.8 million and EUR 6.1 million were a little higher than before.
Measured by the catch value, pikeperch was the second most important inland fish species following vendace (EUR 4.5 million). The pikeperch catch value nearly doubled from 2014. Combined, these two species accounted for three quarters of the total value of the commercial inland fish catch.
Signal crayfish was the third most valuable inland species. Its total catch value was EUR 1.1 million in 2017 and EUR 0.9 million in 2016. Of the total value of the crayfish catch, signal crayfish accounted for roughly 90% and noble crayfish made up 10%.
The number of registered commercial fishers multiplied; most had small catches
The statistics of commercial inland fishery is based on registered data collected by Luke.
In 2017, the register maintained by the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) included 1,766 commercial inland fishers. However, some fishers were not engaged in any fishing activities, and many caught small catches.
Following the amended Fishing Act entered into force at the beginning of 2016, all persons catching fish in inland waters for the purposes of sale must be listed in the register maintained by the ELY Centre for Southwest Finland, maintain a fishing journal and report their catches to Luke at least once per calendar year.
In addition, act 1048/2016 (act on the national execution of the European Union Common Fisheries Policy) which entered into force on 12 December 2016 obligates that all vessels and boats used in commercial fishing activities must be registered.
For more detailed information about the statistics, please visit stat.luke.fi/en. The statistical database includes information about catches since 1962.