The German Fishing Industry

The German fishing industry constitutes an efficient, state-of-the-art economic factor providing work for more than 40,000 people – in the fisheries, in fish processing and in the retail and catering trades.

Germany is an important market for fish products, as fish is a popular food. Not only does it taste good, but with its high-quality protein, polyunsaturated fat, many vitamins and important minerals, fish is an indispensable component of a healthy and well-balanced diet.

The German fishing industry includes the following sectors:

  • fishing fleet (deep-sea as well as cutter and offshore fishing);
  • fish processing industry;
  • fish wholesalers and retailers;
  • fish catering businesses; and
  • inland fisheries and aquaculture.

In 2014, the aquaculture and inland fisheries sectors comprised about 7,000 enterprises and approximately 1.8 million active anglers on inland waters.

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