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Fishing has been an important source of livelihood for people living in coastal Estonia. European sprat and Baltic herring have always been a part of the Estonian diet. Rainbow trout from fish farms has shown up more recently. Fish caught in Estonian waters and processed here reaches also the tables of people living in other countries.

Fishing and aquaculture statistics provide the following information:

  • which fish and from which water bodies are caught the most;
  • what is the state of spawning stock;
  • how are Estonian fish farmers doing;
  • how many people are employed in aquaculture and fishing.

Fisheries statistics are used to plan and monitor fishing activities, to manage fish stocks, taking into account the ecosystem, in order to reduce the negative impact of fishing activities and to secure fish stocks for the future.

Ocean fish catch 14,893.1 tonnes
Baltic Sea fish catch 55,766.8 tonnes
European sprat catch in the Baltic Sea 24,309.7 tonnes
Baltic herring catch in the Baltic Sea 28,608.0 tonnes
Inland waters fish catch 3,615.2 tonnes
Spawning stock biomass of Baltic herring in the Baltic Proper 501,973 tonnes
Fish farming production sold in Estonia 1,040 tonnes
Share of marine protected areas 27.2 %
Sales of farmed fish roe for consumption 10.5 tonnes
Fish farming production sold | 2005 - 2020
Baltic Sea fish catch by species | 2005 - 2020
Ocean fish catch by species | 2005 - 2020

Sales of crayfish and fish roe grew the most last year

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2020, fish farming enterprises sold 1,039 tonnes of commercial fish and crayfish, for a total of more than 4 million euros. The biggest increase occurred for fish roe placed on the market, with record sales registered.
Read more 25. May 2021