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Recreational fishing

Updated: 07.06.2017

The coastal fish stocks in Norway are under pressure and we need to increase our efforts to ensure that future generations will also be able to enjoy fishing as a sport or recreation in Norway. The fish in the sea are free for all, but we have a goal to safeguard fish stocks for the future.

You are therefore very welcome to fish for free in Norwegian sea waters, provided that you follow a set of simple rules:

  • Respect the minimum fish sizes.
  • Foreign tourists may only use handheld tackle when fishing in the sea. Tourists are not permitted to make use of nets, pots, traps, lines etc.
  • Tourists are permitted to take up to 15 kg of fish and one (whole) trophy fish out of the country.
    • This export-restriction does not apply for tourists who buy directly from commercial fishermen.
    • Freshwater fish such as salmon, trout and char are exempt from the 15 kg limit.
  • You must keep a distance of more than 100 metres from the closest fish farm when fishing. All boat traffic shall keep a distance of at least 20 metres from fish farms and moorings for fish farms.
  • Foreign tourists are not permitted to sell the fish they catch.
  • Eel and spiny dogfish are preserved species in Norway.

The Directorate of Fisheries is happy to answer any questions in English, Russian or Norwegian. Contact us by email at info@fiskeridir.no.

Film: Sea Angling in Norway