In 2014 the total fish catch was 170,500 MT, which included the Baltic Sea and long-distance fisheries. The Polish fish processing industry is one of the largest in Europe. There are 250 processing plants eligible for export to the European Union and several hundred small, often family run companies which are permitted to sell products only to regional markets. The average annual fish consumption in Poland is almost 50 percent of the average per capita fish consumption in the EU. Poland imports mainly raw fish which is used by the local industry for further processing.