Net fishing

Net fishing is a traditional Finnish fishing method. While the popularity of net fishing has faded in recent years, it continues to have a substantial impact on salmon populations.

As a rule, salmon species (landlocked salmon, brown trout, Saimaa arctic char and grayling) are not directly targeted by net fishing, but they are caught as bycatch.


One of the most significant problems associated with net fishing is undersized fish being caught in the nets. Fish caught in nets die quickly, resulting in fishermen discarding dead undersized fish in the waterways. Larger mesh sizes should be introduced in net fishing to protect undersized fish.

As releasing fish caught in nets without the fish dying is difficult, stricter regulation of net fishing is required along the key migration routes of salmon species.

Banning net fishing in narrow inlets and imposing restrictions on the number of nets at certain times are two important measures to protect migrating landlocked salmon and brown trout.

Saimaa arctic char and grayling, on the other hand, are non-migratory species that require conservation areas where net fishing is banned or strictly regulated all year round.

Changes in fishing practices should be encouraged to promote the use of traps that allow fish to be released unharmed. Wire mesh fish traps and fyke nets are good examples of such fishing equipment.





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