Valmis ingliskeelne tõlge raamatust "Eesti kalamajandus 2018".
this yearbook is not some bestseller that you grab and do not put aside before the last page is read. The hundred or so pages of the book present tables and figures describing one of Estonia's characteristic and important industries in 2018 and comparing it with previous years. Let me stress once again that behind all these dry numbers is the work of real people and that we all should hope for the continuous improvement of the numbers. The easiest way to ensure this is to eat domestic fish.
Eat fish and, whenever possible, Estonian fish!
Head of Fisheries Information Centre
This is the eighth yearbook compiled by the Fisheries Information Centre, this time containing the data on the fisheries sector for 2018. Instead of a new foreword we would like to refer to the foreword to the 2017 Yearbook, as no significant changes occurred in 2018. Nevertheless, let us repeat the basic information.
Estonian trawling relies on sprat and herring. The lion's share of catches is exported and Ukraine remains the main destination. When the start-up difficulties of the Paldiski component plant are overcome, more value could be added to the raw material in Estonia and more expensive fish suitable for human consumption could be sent to foreign markets for a higher price. Higher revenues in the trawling sector might also allow us to consider modernising of our fishing fleet, given that no modern trawlers have been built in Estonia for a long time and the existing fleet is inevitably becoming obsolete.
Coastal fishery did not see any major changes compared to 2017. The main sources of income are still perch and herring in coastal waters and perch and pikeperch in Lake Peipsi. Eight local coastal fishery action groups are making significant efforts on a daily basis to add more value to fish caught in Estonia and to bolster fishermen's seasonal income with other sources of revenue through diversification. The low number of new active young people (we are deliberately not using the word 'men', as young active women are also welcome) in the sector remains a concern. The community of fishermen is aging.
While the number of fish processing companies and the sector's profit as a whole declined somewhat in 2018, investments in fixed assets increased considerably. Although in 2018 the total output of fish farms was the highest of the period following Estonia's reindependence, it still does not amount to a leap in development. The exceptionally hot summer and disease outbreaks affecting two farms destroyed what hope of success there was. Time will tell whether trout farming in sea cages can help the sector overcome stagnation in the coming years. Rapid development would require swift legislative measures.