Of all fish used as raw material for processed products in 2019, 45 million kilos were of a domestic origin and nearly 31 million kilos were imported. The total, 76 million kilos, was three million kilos lower than in 2017.
The volume of domestic fish decreased by six million kilos, while the volume of imported fish increased by two million kilos compared with 2017.
“This change resulted from changes in statistical methods. Rainbow trout farmed by Finnish enterprises in Sweden was now regarded as imported fish, unlike before”, says Pentti Moilanen, senior statistician at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
Salmon processing decreased slightly
The processing volume of Norwegian salmon decreased by a little more than two million kilos compared with 2017 to 22.4 million kilos.
A total of 23 million kilos of Baltic herring and sprat were frozen for exports. More than 15 million kilos of domestic fish and nearly 22 million kilos of imported fish were processed to make other frozen and fresh products. Moreover, 14 million kilos of fish, 40% of which was domestic fish, were used for highly processed products.
Baltic herring was followed by salmon, rainbow trout and whitefish in the processing industry. These four species accounted for 95% of all fish-based raw material.
Fish processing has centralised
There were 124 fish processing enterprises, of which 19 processed more than half a million kilos. These largest enterprises accounted for 94% 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.