In 2016, Finnish people consumed approximately four kilos of domestic fish per person, converted into fillets, and a little more than nine kilos of imported fish. The total consumption of fish decreased by roughly eight per cent from the year before. This information is shown by statistics of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
Of all domestic fish, rainbow trout was consumed the most, i.e. 1.2 kilos per person, whereas of imported fish, farm-raised salmon was consumed the most, i.e. 3.5 kilos per person. The consumption of imported salmon decreased by nearly 15 per cent from the previous year.
“This decrease in the consumption of imported salmon was apparently caused by the increased price of salmon,” says senior statistician Pentti Moilanen from Luke.
Of wild-caught domestic fish, vendace was consumed the most. It was followed by pike, perch pikepearch, European whitefish and Baltic herring.
With regard to the consumption of imported fish products, farm-raised Norwegian salmon was followed by canned tuna and other tuna products, farm-raised rainbow trout, frozen saithe, and shrimps and shrimp products.
The statistics are based on statistics of fish caught through commercial and recreational fishing, production statistics of fish farming and statistics of foreign fish trade.