The commercial inland catch totalled 6.4 million kilograms in 2019, being a little more than one million kilos higher than in the previous year and as high as two years ago. The crayfish catch totalled 729,000 crayfish, of which almost all were signal crayfish. The total value of the commercial inland catch was EUR 17.5 million, being EUR 2 million higher than in the previous year.
This information is shown by the statistics of commercial inland fishery in 2019 of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
“The pikeperch catch increased even further from the previous years’ record levels, with pikeperch being the most valuable inland species for the first time, if the value of vendace roe is ignored. The values of pikeperch and vendace were really close, separated only by a few tens of thousands of euros. However, the value of vendace roe was EUR 376,000, making vendace number one in this perspective. The largest pikeperch catches were landed in North Karelia and Kainuu”, says Mika Rahikainen, senior statistician at Luke.
The pikeperch catch came level with the vendace catch
While vendace has been the most important inland species measured by both volume and value, the value of the pikeperch catch was slightly higher than that of the vendace catch in 2019. If the figures are rounded, the value of the vendace catch was EUR 5.7 million, while the value of the pikeperch catch reached EUR 5.8 million. Combined, these two species accounted for three quarters of the total value of the commercial inland fishery catch. The catch value is calculated by multiplying the price (VAT 0%) fetched by fishermen by the catch volume.
European whitefish was the third most valuable inland species, as in the year before. The value of the European whitefish catch was EUR 1.1 million, having doubled in three years. The majority of the commercial inland catch of European whitefish is caught in Lapland. When measured by the catch volume, roach was the third most significant species with its catch of 786,000 kilos.
Signal crayfish was the fourth most important inland resource at a value of EUR 888,000. The signal crayfish catch decreased slightly in 2018, while increasing to 716,000 individuals in 2019. Nearly the entire catch was caught from lake Pyhäjärvi in Säkylä, southern parts of lake Saimaa, lake Päijänne and lakes in Tavastia and Pirkanmaa. Noble crayfish is being caught in areas where signal crayfish catches are low: Southern and Northern Savonia, Kainuu and Lapland, as well as Central Finland and Ostrobothnia.
Perch (EUR 773,000) and pike (EUR 727,000) continue to be important species, and their value increased clearly from the previous year. The value of their catches was again higher than that of the roach catch (EUR 668,000), although the value of the roach catch has increased steadily in recent years. Roach was mainly caught from lakes in Satakunta, Lapland and Tavastia Proper, and pike was mainly caught in the regions of Lapland, Northern Savonia and Kainuu.
The number of commercial fishermen decreased – only a few active fishermen
At the end of 2019, the register of commercial fishermen maintained by the ELY Centre included 1,598 commercial fishermen. However, some fishermen were not engaged in any fishing activities, and many caught small catches.
For more detailed information about the statistics, please visit stat.luke.fi. The statistical database includes information about catches since 1962.