Sea angling in Norway – Regulations for foreign visitors
You are very welcome to fish in Norwegian sea waters, provided that you follow these simple rules:
- Use hand held tackle only (Species that you can only catch legally with other gear than handheld tackle is prohibited to fish.)
- Do not fish protected species:
Protected all year:
- Spiny dogfish
- Basking shark
- Blue ling
- Bluefin tuna
- Silk shark
- Cod (in the Oslofjord)
Protected part of the year:
- Greenland halibut
- Cod: Fourteen areas from Lindesnes to the Skagerak coast, in the Oslofjord and to the border of Sweden from 1 January to 30 April
- Follow the regulations for minimum fish sizes
- It is illegal to sell your catch
- 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.
- Registered fishing camps are obliged to report catches to the fisheries authorities. Please contact the fishing camp to report your catch
- Release all halibut above 2 metres long
- Tourists are not permitted to take part directly in catching king crab but a certain quota has been allocated to the tourist fishing industry in Finnmark.
- Tourists with an approved marksman licence are permitted under certain conditions to take part in seal hunting on the coast, together with Norwegian citizens. Read more on seal hunting
- Tourists are permitted to take up to 10 kg of fish out of the country, but if you fish under the direction of a registered tourist fishery business you can bring up to 20 kilos. Note that you have to wait for seven days before you can take an additional export quota out of the country. Read more on export quota
Film on sea angling in Norway
Please respect wildlife and do not litter. Always wear a life jacket at sea and respect the weather – it can change quickly.