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Sea angling in Norway

Updated: 29.11.2017

Welcome to your fishing holiday in Norway Some of the coastal fish stocks are under pressure and simple and effective regulations are implemented in order to ensure that future generations also can enjoy fishing for recreation in Norway. You are welcome to fish for free in Norwegian sea waters, provided that you follow a set of simple rules:

  • Foreign tourists may only use handheld tackle when fishing in the sea. Tourists are not permitted to use nets, pots, traps or lines for fishing.
  • Export quota: From 1 January 2018, new rules apply to how much fish can be taken from Norway as a recreational fisher. Basically you can bring 10 kilos of fish or fish products when you leave the country, but if you have been fishing from of a registered tourist fishing camp you can bring up to 20 kilos of fish or fish products. An export quota is valid for 7 days, which means that you have to wait seven days before you  can take a new export quota out of the country.
  • 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.
  • Comply with the regulations for minimum size of fish.
  • The Directorate of Fisheries is happy to answer any questions in English, Russian or Norwegian. Contact us by email at

Film on sea angling i Norway

Minimum sizes for salt water fish 

Minimum size has been implemented on selected species. The objective is to allow small fish to survive so that they can mature enough to reproduce.

If you catch a fish which is smaller than the minimum size, you must wet your hands with sea water and carefully free the fish from the fishing tackle and release it back to the sea. If the fish is dead or not capable of surviving, you can keep it to eat. In order to avoid catching a number of fish under the minimum size, you are adviced to move to a new fishing area or try using larger fish hooks.

A complete table of minimum fish sizes is provided at the end of this article. We have a set of brochures with information on minimum fish sizes in Norwegian, Russian, English, German and Polish.

Table of minimum size (in Norwegian).

Film on minimum sizes

King crab and coastal seal hunting

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.

Enquire at your place of accommodation whether they have necessary quotas and permits if you want to take part in king crab fishing and coastal seal hunting.