Fishing and fisheries

Fish accounts for just under one fifth of the animal protein consumed by humans [1]. The fish that end up on our dinner tables are either caught in natural waters or raised in fish farms. Finns eat approximately 15 kilograms of fish per person each year, of which approximately one third originates from Finland [2] [3]. The employment effect of professional fishing and fish farming along with all of the associated functions was estimated to amount to a total of approximately 20,000 person-years of work in Finland in the early 2000s [4].


  1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2008. The state of world fisheries and aquaculture 2008. 84 s.
  2. Riista- ja kalatalouden tutkimuslaitos 2008. Kalatalous tilastoina 2008. 28 s.
  3. Riista- ja kalatalouden tutkimuslaitos 2010. Kalan kulutus.
  4. Maa- ja metsätalousministeriö 2005. Ilmastonmuutoksen kansallinen sopeutumisstrategia. MMM:n julkaisuja 1/2005. 276 s.