State-owned waters make commercial fishing activities possible in most regions of Finland. Persons intending to fish commercially must apply for a separate commercial fishing permit from Metsähallitus for each trap and net. 

The commercial permits for the period 2015–2019 were granted in 2014. However, you may contact the Metsähallitus personnel listed below and ask for commercial fishing permits and waters that may still be available. 

With the exception of leasing waters for the purposes of salmon or trout catching, simply paying the fisheries management fee grants the right to commercial fishing within the Finnish economic region and in the Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea. Persons under 18 or over 65 years of age may fish commercially without paying the fisheries management fee. 

The application process for commercial fishing permits in inland public waters for the 2016–2019 period is currently underway: see the notice below.

Leasing salmon and trout catching waters in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland in April 2016: see the notice at the bottom of this page. 

General information about the permit application process

Commercial fishers in Group I are prioritised over commercial fishers in Group II when granting permits. The groups are defined in Section 88 of the Finnish Fishing Act (379/2015). Local fishers are also given priority. An applicant's locality is considered on the basis of their municipality of residence. The applicant's other fishing opportunities may also affect the granting of a permit (e.g., the possibility to fish in the waters of a joint-ownership association). The applicant's fishing opportunities are considered as a whole when considering the application. If the applicant has previous fishing experience in the area, it is viewed favourably. 

In addition to the obligations detailed in the permit terms, all permits include the obligation to make catch reports to Metsähallitus. Permits may be voided due to misuse or illegal activity, or due to changes in legislation during the permit period. Failing to use a granted commercial fishing permit without good reason reduces the applicant's chances of being granted permits in the future. One of the goals of granting permits is to have them be used as intended. 

The prices of commercial fishing permits are set by a Decree from the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (888/2017). The prices are listed per trap per calendar year. 

- seine net                                                                 100 € 
- large fyke net (over 5 m)                                         130 €
- fyke net (1,5-5 m)                                                    60 € 
- trawl net                                                                   200 € 
- net (31 m), crayfish trap, 
fish trap (3 traps), 10 bait hooks 
and longline with max 100 hooks                               3 € 

Guidance and further information

Lapland (excluding Inari, Utsjoki and Enontekiö): Markku Vierelä

Ostrobothnia–Kainuu–Posio: Kari Sarajärvi and Pasi Korhonen 

Southern Finland, inland waters: Eero Hartikainen

Southern Finland, marine areas: Mikko Malin