Foreign citizens have the same fishing opportunities and obligations as Finns.
You can pay the national fisheries management fee and obtain fishing permits from Metsähallitus for state-owned waters where fishing requires a separate permit. The fisheries management fee is a statutory general fishing fee, which is valid everywhere in Finland except Åland. Metsähallitus fishing permits apply to state-owned waters.
If you are fishing with a single rod, the fisheries management fee will be sufficient nearly everywhere in Finland. If you are fishing with more than one rod, trap fishing, crayfishing, fishing in rapids and running water, or fishing in special destinations, you will need a fishing permit from the owner of the water area in addition to the fisheries management fee. Many fishing destinations administered by Metsähallitus require both a fisheries management fee and fishing permit.
The purchase of a permit is an investment in nature, as Metsähallitus uses the proceeds from the permits for the management of fisheries and securing the future of fishing in Finland. The catch report submitted by anglers also plays an important role in planning sustainable fishing arrangements.
An unprecedented number of fisheries management fees for 2020, more than 290,000, were paid during the current Fishing Act. The profit increased by more than EUR 1.5 million compared to the previous year. Fisheries management fees for 2021 have also been paid more by now than at the beginning of previous years.
The Fisheries management fee for 2021 can now be paid - a gift idea that brings well-being to increasing numbers of Finns
The fisheries management fee for 2021 came on sale in early November. Many people took up fishing for the first time this past summer, and revenue from the fisheries management fees has exceeded EUR 10 million. Metsähallitus encourages people to ensure the continuity of this hobby that brings people close to nature by paying the fisheries management fee as a gift for Father's Day and Christmas, thereby giving the right to fish through the entire new calendar year.
This summer, fishing attracted interest from people of all ages - revenues from fisheries management fees already EUR 10 million
The revenue from fisheries management fees earned this year exceeded EUR 10 million at the beginning of September. According to a Metsähallitus survey, the increase in revenues is the result of both an increase in the number of anglers and the higher payment activity of those who had previously fished.
Fisheries management fees were paid over 245,000 times between January and July 2020. The revenue accumulated by the end of July was EUR 9.5 million, as compared to almost EUR 8.9 million in the entire year 2019.
Frequently asked questions about fishing
Where can I fish with a fisheries management fee? Where can I find information on fishing permits for privately-owned waters? When might it be necessary to pay compensation for the conservation value of an endangered fish species?
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