In 2018, Finnish people consumed little less than four kilos of domestic fish per person when converted into fillets, and a little more than nine kilos of imported fish. The total consumption of fish decreased by 6.5% 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, farmed salmon was consumed the most, i.e. 3.5 kilos per person. The consumption of imported salmon decreased by 13% from the previous year.
“The decrease in the consumption of domestic fish can be explained by the smaller recreational fishing catch than previously and the decreased commercial vendace catch from the year before,” says Pentti Moilanen, senior statistician at Luke.
Of wild-caught domestic fish, vendace, pike, perch, pikeperch, Baltic herring and European whitefish were consumed the most.
With regard to the consumption of imported fish products, farmed Norwegian salmon was followed by canned tuna and other tuna products, farmed 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.