The commercial total fish catch indicates the economic exploitation level of Finnish fish resources. In addition to the commercial fishing, the recreation fishing makes good use of the fish resources in Finland. The catch statistics are needed for instance for the fish stock assessment. The results of stock assessment create the information basis for the negotiations of the Baltic Sea fish resource utilization and the catch quotas between the Baltic Sea states.
The commercial fish catch statistics are compiled annually. The information is based on the catch reports that the fishermen are obligated to submit to the fisheries control authorities. For the commercial inland fishing as well as for the recreational fishing, the statistics are compiled biennially, based on a survey research.