In 2017, Finnish people consumed little over four kilos of domestic fish per person, converted into fillets, and nearly ten kilos of imported fish. The total consumption of fish increased by roughly six 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. 4.0 kilos per person. The consumption of imported salmon increased by nearly 14 per cent from the previous year.
“This increase in the consumption of imported salmon was apparently caused by the decreased 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, Baltic herring and European whitefish.
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, canned herring, 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.