Game and Fisheries Services
Wildlife Service Finland, formerly known as Game and Fisheries Services, form a part of the nature services provided by Parks & Wildlife Finland, Metsähallitus. The purpose of Wildlife Service Finland is to organise matters related to hunting and fishing in lands owned by the Finnish state and to supervise these activities in state-owned lands to ensure that they are conducted lawfully.
Wildlife Service Finland operates under the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the unit belongs to the state's public game group together with the aforementioned Ministry, the Finnish Wildlife Agency, the Natural Resources Institute Finland and Ruokavirasto, the Finnish Food Safety Authority.
The unit is headed by Director of Game and Fisheries. Both service regions (southern areas and northern areas) have their own Game and Fisheries Manager. In addition, there are four teams: fishing, hunting, wilderness supervision and communications and customer service.
One of the tasks of Wildlife Service Finland is to issue quota decisions on fishing and hunting in state-owned areas. The quota decision indicates the maximum amount of fishing or hunting in each state area. Quota decisions are not available in English.
In addition to their basic tasks, Wildlife Service Finland also has several projects underway. The projects are intended to improve the habitats of game and fish, provide information to people using the wilderness, encouraging youths to visit wilderness areas or improve sector practices with partners.