Lost fishery equipment removed from the seabed
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has been conducting annual clean-up expeditions of discarded and abandoned fishery equipment for almost 40 years. This contributes towards reducing ghost fishing and helps to reduce marine littering.
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.
Marine litter is a global problem. Increasing amounts of plastic and other non-organic materials in the oceans is threatening wildlife, and it might cause concern for the future of the sea as a safe food-source.
Fisheries Monitoring Centre
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries' 24/7 office for monitoring Norwegian and foreign fishing vessels' activities.