In Saxony, less edible fish was produced in 2022 than at any time since the survey began in 2011. As reported by the State Statistical Office in Kamenz on Tuesday, the fisheries caught 1,858 tons of edible fish ashore last year. That was 17 percent less than the year before. A major cause is lack of water due to several years of precipitation deficits. "Natural predators" such as cormorants, otters or gray herons also led to high losses.
According to the information, the sharpest declines were recorded in carp (14 percent), grass carp (35 percent), tench (53 percent) and Siberian sturgeon (28 percent).
With a share of ten percent of the total fish production in Germany, Saxony is in fourth place in the national comparison, as the office further announced. Bavaria (30.7 percent), Baden-Württemberg (16.4 percent) and Lower Saxony (15.4 percent) are in first place.
A little more than three quarters of the edible fish produced in Saxony were carp. 1458 tons of this fish species were produced in the Saxon pond farms, which means that the Free State is still the second largest carp producer nationwide. Rainbow trout was the second most common fish species with a production volume of 108 tons, followed by grass carp with 81 tons.
According to the information, 88 percent of the fish were produced in ponds, eight percent in basins, flow channels or trout ponds and four percent in other systems. The districts of Görlitz and Bautzen were the most important aquaculture regions in Saxony, accounting for 35 and 32 percent respectively of the total production volume.