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The commercial inland fishery catch totalled 5.3 million kilos in 2020, being a little more than one million kilos lower than in the previous year, but as high as two years ago. The crayfish catch totalled 774,000 crayfish, of which almost all were signal crayfish. The total value of the commercial inland fishery catch was EUR 15.4 million, being nearly EUR 2 million lower than in the previous year.

This information is shown by the statistics of commercial inland fishery in 2020 of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

“The pikeperch catch continued to increase slightly from the previous year’s record level, with pikeperch being, for the first time, the most important inland species measured by the value of the catch. The size of the pikeperch catch totalled 0.91 million kilos, and the largest catches were recorded in the North Karelia and Kainuu regions. The vendace catch was 2.1 million kilos, the smallest in the 2000s. When measured by the catch volume, roach was the third most significant species with its catch of 0.65 million kilos,” says Mika Rahikainen, senior statistician at Luke.

Pikeperch moved ahead of vendace

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 2020, even if the value of vendace roe is included. The value of the pikeperch catch was EUR 5.7 million and that of the vendace catch was EUR 5.0 million, of which roe accounted for EUR 0.1 million. Combined, these two species accounted for three quarters of the total value of the commercial inland fish catch. The catch value is calculated by multiplying the price (VAT 0%) fetched by fishermen by the catch volume.

Signal crayfish was the third most important inland resource at a value of EUR 927,000. The signal crayfish catch decreased slightly in 2018, while increasing during the two subsequent years, being 766,000 specimen in 2020. The noble crayfish catch was down to only 8,000 specimen.

European whitefish (EUR 877,000), perch (EUR 711,000), roach (EUR 569,000) and pike (EUR 561,000) continue to be important species. The catch volume and value of all these species decreased by 10–25% from the previous year. Catches typically vary from one year to the next. However, these species have shown a rising trend during the previous five years.

The number of commercial fishermen decreased – only a few active fishermen

At the end of 2020, the register of commercial fishermen maintained by the ELY Centre included 1,637 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 The statistical database includes information about catches since 1962.

Following the amended Fishing Act entered into force at the beginning of 2016, all persons catching fish in inland waters for the purposes of sale must be listed in the register maintained by the ELY Centre for Southwest Finland, maintain a fishing journal and report their catches to Luke at least once per calendar year.

In addition, the Act on Implementing the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union (1048/2016), which entered into force on 12 December 2016, obligates that all vessels and boats used in commercial fishing activities must be registered.

The statistics of commercial inland fishery are based on catch data collected by Luke.