Real Time Closure - RTC
Norway and the European Union have agreed to establish a system of Real Time Closures (RTC) in the North Sea and Skagerrak. This agreement came into force 1 September 2009 and gives the possibility to close fishing grounds in the North Sea and Skagerrak for the protection of juveniles and small fish.
In accordance with section 47 second paragraph of the regulations relating to sea-water fisheries of 22 December 2004 the Directorate of Fisheries are given the legal authority to close and open fishing grounds for the protection of juveniles and small fish in the North Sea and Skagerrak.
Regulation relating to sea-water fisheries
In accordance with the RTC regime a restricted fishing ground will be closed for 21 days if the intermixture of juvenile or small fish of cod, saithe, haddock and whiting exceeds the criteria’s specified in the agreement.
The area is closed for all fishing gears other than pelagic trawls targeting pelagic species, purse seines, driftnets and jiggers targeting herring, mackerel, horse mackerel, gillnets with a mesh size of 120 mm and above and pots.
On these pages you will find information about:
- Date of closing
- Date of opening
- Background for closure
Bjarne Schultz, + 47 977 18 681
Thord Monsen, +47 905 92 863
Snorri Palmason, +47 468 04 072
Robert Misund, +47 986 57 387