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Fisheries Monitoring Centre (FMC Norway)

Updated: 19.03.2015

The FMC (Fisheries Monitoring Centre) is the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries' 24/7 office for monitoring Norwegian and foreign fishing vessels' activities.

Kolmuletrål. Foto © Scanfishphoto

The centre is responsible for processing various reporting schemes imposed on the Norwegian fishing fleet while at sea and foreign vessels operating in Norwegian waters.

One key task is the follow-up of Norwegian and foreign vessels in terms of tracking reports and various electronic catch and activity reports required when active at sea.

Major benefits

By combining the various data that are the subject of electronic reporting, we will be able to localise fishing activity with great precision. This offers major benefits, not just in the monitoring of the activities at sea, but also monitoring of the development in the fisheries by foreign vessels operating in Norwegian waters and by various Norwegian fleet groups.

Staff in the FMC does also provide services and responds on requests from employees at the Directorate's regional offices and from external users such as the coastguard and other public and private sector actors.

IUU fishing

The centre is a hub in the effort to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) through close contact with national and international monitoring authorities.

The FMC is operating the Directorate's hotline number (03415) for reporting illegal fishing activity.

Alongside its fisheries monitoring and surveillance operations, the centre also acts as a response centre for reporting harmful algal and jellyfish blooms, stranded marine mammals and escapees from fish farms.