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
- 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 leave Norway for seven days before you can come back and take a new 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.