Commercial Inland Fishery 2010
The commercial inland fishery catch totalled 4 500 tonnes in 2010. Measured by both catch volume and value, the main catch species was vendace. In 2010 the vendace catch (2 500 tonnes) was as big as in 2004, 2006 and 2008 but little smaller than in 2000 and 2002. The pikeperch catch has increased in last eight years but perch, european whitefish, burbot and trout catches have decreased. In 2010 the commercial fishermen caught also about 490 000 signal crayfish.
In 2010, the value of the total commercial inland catch was 8.8 million euros. The value of vendace catch was 5.6 million euros, of which the value of vendace roe was 0.6 million euros. The value of crayfish catch was little over 420 000 euros. Measuring by catch value the most important species after vendace were pikeperch, signal crayfish, european whitefish and perch.
The number of registered commercial fishermen in inland waters in 2010 was about 340, and of them little over 200 derived at least 30 percent of their income from fishing. The number of whole-time fishermen was little smaller than earlier. Because of the methodological changes the number of part-time fishermen was clearly smaller than earlier. The estimate for 2008 and 2010 does not include family members or other persons participating in fishing if they don’t include in the commercial fishermen register. The change in method did not affect much to the catch estimates.