Regulations for foreign fishing tourists

       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 center 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.
  • Mandatory catch reporting of Cod, halibut, pollock, red fish and catfish. Catches shall be reported as how many fish each species, for each vessel and for each fishing trip by catch date. The report should also include fish that have been caught but not taken to shore. Fishing trips without catch of the species mentioned must be reported (zero catch).
  • You must keep a distance of more than 100 meters from the closest fish farm when fishing. All boat traffic shall keep a distance of at least 20 meters from fish farms and moorings for fish farms.
  • Foreign tourists are not permitted to sell the fish they catch.
  • Comply with the regulations for the minimum size of fish.
  • The Directorate of Fisheries is happy to answer any questions in English, Russian or Norwegian. Contact us by email at

      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.