Hiiumaa island is surrounded by relatively shallow though diverse waters, from the windy coast facing the open sea, to the warmer and quieter sea of Väinameri in the South. Marine life that inhabits our seas are just as diverse. Sea fish such as Baltic herring, flounder, garfish, European whitefish, and also trout can be caught from the colder open sea. Freshwater fish such as perch, pike, roach and orfe love the mild salty waters of the inner sea (Väinameri). Diversity creates favourable conditions for the local fish. Fishing is possible all year round in seas of Hiiumaa. Most of the winters are suitable for under-ice gillnet fishing. Early spring, when roach and orfe are on the move the river banks become populated with anglers. During the summer heat certain fish swim to cooler and deeper waters in order to return when the sea is colder again. The relatively small size of Hiiumaa gives the opportunity to choose a fishing spot relative to direction of the wind.