Norway's Fisheries Management
The Norwegian fishing and aquaculture industry supplies healthy seafood, produced in a clean ocean environment, to consumers in more than 140 countries worldwide. The seafood industry is one of Norway’s foremost export industries and is vital for settlements and activities along the Norwegian coast. It provides employment in fishing and aquaculture and has widespread effects on trade and industry as well as on research and development.
Norway controls some of the world’s most productive marine environments, with excellent conditions for conducting environmentally friendly aquaculture. Norway places great emphasis on gaining knowledge of fish resources, the ocean environment and how the interplay between species functions. Simultaneously, there is comprehensive regulation of seafood resources to ensure a sustainable management.
The seafood industry operates without subsidies, and is one of Norway’s biggest export industries generating great value to the Norwegian economy. In recent decades, the Norwegian seafood industry has evolved from free fishing to a regulated industry with quotas and licenses. Concessions are distributed on the fleet and assigned by species and gear type. The technological revolution of the postwar era has created such an efficient fishing fleet that stringent regulations are needed to prevent overexploitation of resources. Read more about the Norwegian Fisheries Management and control system in the articles below.