Of all fish used as raw material for processed products in 2017, 51 million kilos were of a domestic origin and 28 million kilos were imported. The total amount, 79 million kilos, was nearly the same as in 2015.
The proportion of domestic fish increased, while that of imported fish decreased by more than 10% from 2015.
“The change in the proportion of domestic fish can be explained by increases in frozen Baltic herring”, says Pentti Moilanen, senior statistician at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
Decreases in the processing of Norwegian salmon
Decreases in the processing of imported fish is explained by the decreased use of Norwegian salmon as a raw material.
A total of 19 million kilos of domestic and imported fish each was processed into fillets and other fresh products. Moreover, 13 million kilos of fish, more than half of which was domestic fish, were used for highly processed products.
The Baltic herring was followed by the salmon, rainbow trout and whitefish in the processing industry. These four species accounted for 96% of all fish-based raw material.
Fish processing has centralised
There were 143 fish processing enterprises, of which 23 processed more than half a million kilos. These largest enterprises accounted for 93% of the total volume of processed fish.
Information for the statistics of processed fish products is collected every other year from full-time fish processing and wholesale enterprises, as well as from enterprises in other sectors that, based on background information, are engaged in fish processing.