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Sea angling in Norway – Regulations for foreign visitors

Updated: 01.03.2018

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:

You are welcome to fish for free in saltwater in Norway.

There are some regulations you have to follow:

• Use hand held tackle only

• Do not fish protected species:
Protected all year:
Spiny dogfish, basking shark, porbeagle, blue ling, lobster, bluefin tuna, silk shark, eel, wrasse
Protected part of the year (see www.fdir.no or ask your host):
Greenland halibut, halibut, lumpfish, redfish

• Follow the regulations for minimum size of fish

• It is illegal to sell your catch

• Keep a distance of no less than 100 metres from fish farms when fishing

• You are allowed to take out 10 kg of fish or fish products upon leaving Norway. If you have been fishing from a registered fishing camp, you can take up to 20 kg of fish or fish products upon leaving.
This restriction applies within a period of 7 days. Therefore, if you take out a full quota on departure from Norway you have to wait for seven days before you can take a new export quota out of the country.

•  See http://www.fiskeridir.no/English/Recreational-fishing for further information

Please respect wildlife and do not litter. Always wear a life jacket at sea and respect the weather – it can change quickly.

Registered fishing camps are obliged to report catches to the fisheries authorities.

Each fishing trip and all catches, whether landed or released, of the following species are to be reported:

Illustration

Species

Minimum size
North of 62°N

Minimum size
South of 62°N

 

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cod

44 cm

40 cm

 

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halibut

80 cm

80 cm

 

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redfish

32 cm

32 cm

 

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wolffish

No minimum size

No minimum size

 

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saithe

No minimum size

No minimum size

 Minimum sizes for some other species:

Species

Minimum size
North of 62°N

Minimum size
South of 62°N

haddock

40 cm

31 cm

whiting

32 cm

32 cm

hake

30 cm

30 cm

great scallop

10 cm

10 cm

There are no minimum sizes of mackerel.
Visit www.fdir.no for a full table of minimum sizes.

Export of fish: quota and documentation requirements

The export quota is 20 kg for guests of registered tourist fishing enterprises, and 10 kg for everyone else. Tourist fishers must document that fishing has taken place under the direction of a registered tourist fishing enterprise when exporting fish.

Export quota

You are allowed to take out 10 kg of fish or fish products upon leaving Norway. If you have been fishing from a registered fishing camp, you can take up to 20 kg of fish or fish products upon leaving. This restriction applies within a period of 7 days. Therefore, if you take out a full quota on departure from Norway you have to wait for seven days before you can take a new export quota out of the country.

It is no longer permitted to export trophy fish in addition to the export quota.

Requirements to documentation for the export of fish

Tourist fishers must document that fishing has taken place under the direction of a registered tourist fishing enterprise when exporting fish. This documentation will be possible to produce in a new app, which the Directorate is currently developing. However, until the app has completed development, tourist fishers must document fishing under the direction of a registered enterprise in another way.

This requirement to documentation applies to those using the new export quota of 20 kg from the turn of the year. Those exporting only 10 kg or less are not required to document affiliation with a registered enterprise. 

Requirements

Norwegian Customs will accept a receipt or corresponding proof of the stay issued to a named person in the travel party or by person. This proof must further include:

  • the registered tourist fishing enterprise’s name, address and business registration number
  • the name of the person or persons that have fished under direction of the enterprise
  • the period of the stay 
  • how many persons the stay applies to

Norwegian Customs will also accept a printout of what the individual tourist fisher has reported to have fished to the enterprise. Such a printout must state:

  • the enterprise’s identity
  • the person who has been fishing
  • how much that has been fished

The document may be printed when leaving, and must be stamped and signed by the enterprise.

The individuals named in the document must be present when the fish is exported from the country.

Mandatory release of halibut more than 2 metres in length

Due to a high content of potentially hazardous contaminants, from Monday 9 October 2017 it is mandatory to release all halibut above 2 metres in length back into the sea.

The order applies to all fishers (professional fishers, recreational fishers and tourist fishers) regardless of gear and area.

The order applies to all live, dead or dying halibut more than two metres in length.

It is a known issue that old halibut accumulate contaminants throughout their lives that may pose a risk to humans. This is why you must release large halibut back into the sea.

Film on sea angling i Norway

Minimum sizes for salt water fish 

Some species have restrictions on the size of fish you can keep. This is to ensure that the fish reaches spawning size, hereby safeguarding the reproductive capacity of the stock. 

If you catch a fish that is below minimum size requirements, please release it to its natural habitat in the manner that causes the least harm to the fish.

If the fish is dead, or not fi t to be released, you may eat the fish. To ensure that you do not catch more fish below the minimum size requirements, change your fishing spot and/or choose the right tackle and hooks for the size fish you are targeting.

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.

Enjoy your stay 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