Game and fisheries experts are tasked with finding the right balance when it comes to fishing in state-owned waters. Fishing arrangements must be sustainable where both nature and fishers are concerned. Carefully planned and scaled fishing arrangements ensure the sustainable use of fish stocks and the ability of fishers to enjoy their hobby long into the future.
Catch feedback collected from anglers is vital in the planning of fishing activities. Fishers can easily submit catch reports at Tuikki.fi.
More information is provided by the Game and Fisheries Planners of Metsähallitus. On page Contact us you can search for the right person by their name, expertise (fishing) or region.
Fishing arrangements and limitations are a central part of fish stock management and the actual fishing that is done at different fishing destinations. The Finnish Fishing Act and Fishing Decree set a framework for fishing in Finland. These documents define, among other matters, the catching seasons and minimum catch sizes of fish species.
Additionally, the owner and controller of a water area may set more detailed terms and conditions for fishing in their waters. On one hand, fishing arrangements and limitations aim to secure the viability of fish stocks and the natural reproduction cycles of fish species. On the other, they may aim to promote fishing as a hobby and make fishing more enjoyable for different groups of fishers, such as children.
Typical fishing limitations in the water areas of Metsähallitus:
The arrangements and limitations for a specific destination may be found in the permit terms on the description page of the permit area.
The planning of fishing activities is based on catch feedback. When an angler submits a fishing catch report after fishing at their favourite destination, they participate in the management of those waters. When discussing trap fishers, the catch reports submitted by net fishers are especially important.
Fishing catch reports are submitted via the Tuikki.fi service, which forwards the information to the KSSJ, a monitoring and planning system for fisheries management. Tuikki.fi also offers a free fishing log, in which fishers can save a wide variety of information on their own fishing activities, such as catches, fishing destinations, lures, traps, photos and weather information.
It is also important to submit a catch report even if you do not catch anything. The catch report form has a field where you can enter your views on how fishing and fisheries management could be developed in the area's fishing waters.
You can submit catch reports anonymously and individual reports will remain private if you so choose.
The game and fisheries staff of Metsähallitus defines fishing quotas for fishing waters, i.e., places limits on how much fish can be lifted out of a water area. In practice, this means limits on how many traps there can be in certain water areas and how many permits are sold for a specific fishing area. In addition to sustainable fishing, quotas are also set to make fishing socially sustainable, meaning that sometimes quotas are set to make fishing more peaceful and pleasurable in certain waters.
Work is supervised by a Director of Game and Fisheries, who issues a quota decision on the number of traps there can be in water areas and how many permits may be sold for recreational fishing destinations. Quota decisions remain valid for three years. It does not override other decisions concerning fishing bans, i.e. quota decisions may also specify sites where fishing is temporarily prohibited during the period of validity of a quota decision.
Fishing permits issued by Metsähallitus follow either absorption cost pricing or commercially determined pricing. The pricing decision is reinforced by the Decree of Public Charges given by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The same Decree also defines which permits follow absorption cost pricing and which follow commercial pricing.
Permits with absorption cost pricing:
Permits with below absorption cost pricing:
Permits with commercially determined pricing:
According to the Decree, the following permits are free of charge: