Travel Tips For Norway: Recreational Sea Fishing Rules

Norway has a very long coastline. A very, very, very long coastline.

Believe it or not, if we take into account all the islands and fjords, Norway would have around 100,000 kilometers (around 62,000 miles) of coastline. That makes it the second country with the longest coastline in the world, surpassed only by Canada. Hard to imagine right?

That means that you have lots of places to choose from when it comes to sea fishing.

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Fishing in the Norwegian sea is for free. The only thing that you have to take into account are a couple of rules. I have taken these from the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries:

  • You are only allowed to use handheld tackle, like for example a normal fishing rod. You are not allowed to use nets, traps, or lines.
  • You can take up to 15 kg of saltwater fish out of the country.
  • You can only take one whole trophy out of the country.
  • You have to keep a distance of at least 100 meters from the closest fish farm when fishing.
  • You are not allowed to sell the fish you catch.
  • You have to comply with the regulations for minimum size of fish. That means that if you caught a fish that is smaller than the minimum size, you have to put it back to the water.

To get even more information about fishing in the Norwegian sea, as well as finding the link to the minimum fish sizes, click here.


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Happy fishing!

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