ABSTRACT. This paper presents the mean wholesale price of commercial fish and the mean price of stocking material used in 2009 by fisheries enterprises operating in the waters of fishing districts comprising lakes, rivers, and dam reservoirs. These prices were calculated based on information obtained from questionnaires completed by 57 enterprises operating in 276795 ha of fishing district waters. These were then compared with the mean prices of commercial fish and stocking material from 2007. The results provide important information regarding current prices for fish and stocking material for management and practical purposes. They also reveal that there are substantial differences in prices for individual fish species/types of fish, as well as for given forms of the stocking material of various fish species. Comparing recent prices with those of 2007 indicates that the prices of commercial fish increased insignificantly while those of stocking material were more pronounced. The increases and/or decreases in the prices of commercial fish did not generally exceed 9%; only in the case of four species/types (including the smelt and small non-commercial fish comprising species/types that are of marginal importance) did price fluctuations exceed 20%. The greatest price decrease was noted for vendace and silver carp; however, in neither instance did this exceed 6%. Of the 34 forms of stocking material studied, price increases were noted for 21 while price decreases were noted for 13 forms. In extreme instances, prices increased as much as 200% (vendace summer fry), and decreased as much as over 30% (European wels autumn fry). The most important and most frequently used forms of stocking material of the most important species stocked in fishing districts did not increase in price by more than 10%, while decreases were of about 7% (with the exception of the prices for pike fry and 1+ crucian carp).
Keywords: fishing districts, fish prices, stocking material prices
Przyjęto po recenzji 29.01.2010 r.