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Norwegian fishery government have now introduced new rules for us anglers that will take effect from 1st January 2018.


A reporting obligation is imposed on halibut, Cod, Wolfish and redfish. The number of fish caught by species after their fishing day, NOT the number of weight, should be reported.


At all of our Nordic sea Angling destinations in Norway, there will be a computer or Ipad available where all guests must register this after finishing for the day. We have developed a very user-friendly programme for this, so it will not be so time-consuming for your guests.


It is, of course, a change for us organisers and you the guests, but when the sea fishing has grown considerably in the last few years in Norway, we want an overview of the overall catch.


In most parts of the world, sport fishing is now fairly regulated and there is nothing unusual about reporting obligations either, Norway has been in all honesty a step behind.


Now we are hardly the anglers, who are the big culprit in the depletion of our seas, but we can and will set a good example and it is good that there are new rules that are hampering dishonest operators in the industry.


However, I hope governments around the world also re-think about allowing the large-scale commercial to continue in the same way as now…


Their ships are getting bigger and bigger and more efficient. Their gear destroys everything and it sometimes catches hundreds of tonnes of fish in a single roll / trawl, even by unwanted species or size that is too large or small, as a result that it is only dumped back dead. An enormous waste of our resources…


We as an organisation want our children and grandchildren to also eat fish in the future and not least to come out in nature and to experience everything that angling gives back.


We would have liked to have seen some rules other than this reporting requirement which would probably only work with the serious players and not the misleading and its guests.


We personal think that it would have been better with higher fines for those who break the rules of taking fish and some how it would be better if those fish taken could be traced back to the organisation from where the guests stayed and then maybe se bigger fines for these destinations.


Unfortunately, there is also a fairly widespread system in Norway where some organisers write a kvitteringssedel to their guests, which in practice means that there are no restrictions on how much fish a tourist can take out of Norway. This is completely unreasonable for anglers / private person to be able to. Bring 300 kg filet out of Norway legally.


There is no private person who should have this for his own use, but this is something that is sold in their home country and also benefits the camp owner / Promoter economically in Norway. There is no problem with tourists being able to buy fish in Norway and take them to the home country, but this must, of course, be included in the current rules!


A few other changes to next year see’s the increase of taking fish home from 15 kg to 20 kg of fillet per person if you have been fishing with a registered organiser in Norway, this is also more appropriate what can fit in a cool box. From 2018 onwards, it is not possible to kill a halibut over 200 cm. However, we are continuing to recommend to our guests to release all of the halibut over 130 cm when these specimens are extremely important for reproduction. There are many of our guests, who go to Norway for fishing for halibut, and then it is also in our interest to safeguard this rather slow growing species, and the females are first sexually mature at a length of 125 cm and an age of 12-13 Years. If we want to keep this cool fishing, us anglers have to do our bit.


Now we look forward to a new season in Norway 2018 together with you!

Blog Comments

  • Grant Bath

    About time I Think 20 kilos is plenty for personal allowance bigger fines for our European friends GerEstonLithuanimans ,,,, all for that have been witness to the freezer vans and the 12 to a cabin 24hr a day exploits at other camps around Norway ;
    Hope it’s simple to report the days catch it’ll need to be for some of us

    • John

      Exactly what I was about to say. While working in Norway the eastern Europeans take way more then 20kilos already and with no consideration for size what so ever. One camp I stayed in they fished in front of it 24/7 until it was baron.

  • Paul Stevens

    Hi Grant, yes the method of recording your catches will be made as simple as possible. It is done to hopefully protect what we have got for now and the future. A little bit of our time given to this is a small price to pay

  • Raymond Perkins

    Great news…. we should do this here in the U.K… and police it properly.. not just administer more and more restrictions with no way of policing it properly… I’m of course talking about our “rules” on fishing for Bass…

  • Jo payne

    Absolutely agree with this

  • Toomas Mirka

    Nothing about trophy fish? There is no point in generalizing too much about the Eastern Europe, look at yourself first (commentators). Does anyone have a link to the Norwegian customs confirmation? Here is the usual half-press. What to do when a large cod catches at a depth of 100m and anyway dies fish anyway, regardless of whether the boat is taken or not? Same question about little redfish? Why not give fish, even free of charge, to local or local fishing industries?

    • Paul Stevens

      Hi, I cant speak for everyone but I know that when I am hosting trips out to Norway and we are fish for large Cod, there is every care taken to release the fish after capture. We always explain to the fishermen that once you start to see the fish normally around 8 – 9 metres down then you must stop reeling the fish in. Wait until the fish expels all of the bubbles and it starts to fight again then the fish will return every single time. If the anglers on the boat wish to take some Cod home for their own consumption then we will move to areas that hold smaller Cod.

      With regards to putting dead fish back, this is NEVER the case. If a fish dies then the fish is lifted on board and given to the fish factories when we return from fishing. The fish are NEVER left floating on the water.

      It maybe just fisherman from the UK that feel strongly about killing fish for no reason and if it is then good on them. Why kill fish for the sake of it, or is to just pay for their holiday when they return……

      • Grant

        Unfortunately Paul this is not common knowledge about letting the fish gas out and that’s why we see trails of fish floating about from people who just don’t know how to look after there catch in British waters we don’t tend to fish at these depths and people catch so few that they keep what they catch……and aren’t concerned about returning fish , Then they go to Norway have a good day and as they say ignorance takes over
        That’s why I always say get a guided trip first time round to learn the ropes from people who are in the know

  • Paul Yak

    The good UK anglers want to see fish all round the planet survive and Thrive! Why? Unfortunately we know what it is like to fish in waters stripped almost empty by greedy trawler fleets. Where I live in Wales, UK, where the UK record shore Cod was caught 35-40yrs ago, it weighed approx 20 Kilo. To catch a Cod this big from a boat now is quite rare.

    We have allowed not only the large fish to be over fished, but also the bait fish Mackerel, Herring, Sardine, Sandeel, and much more too. They allow our sea floor to be dragged which totally destroys the invertebrate life and that causes dramatic loss of all species. So yes we are very vocal when we see countries trying to save THEIR FISH STOCKS! So should ALL of YOU!!!!!

  • Michael connorton

    This must be protected for all of our generations.Our waters in the uk are ruined by EU rules I have been sea fishing since I was 9yrs old .Norway needs to manage this or it will end up like the UK. People who fish should have total respect for the fish they catch.

  • andy Courtney

    I live in American .north us.retired want fishing salmon gaula river.can I alone guide?much$ license?like two month fishing.

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