In the first half of 2018, FeFo implemented a hearing on introducing a five-kilometre zone for freshwater fishing by non-resident foreign nationals on Finnmarkseiendommen (the Finnmark Estate). The submissions show that access to ice fishing has led to overcrowding at popular mountain lakes, as well as challenges associated with motorised vehicles, parking, camping and littering, etc.
In the light of this, the Board of FeFo has passed the following resolution:
- The five-kilometre zone for freshwater fishing by non-resident foreign nationals on the Finnmark Estate will not be reintroduced.
- The requirement of a residential address in Norway to practice freshwater fishing in the period 15 March – 15 June is hereby introduced. Dispensation from this rule may be granted in specified areas. It is preferable to grant such dispensation to the local tourism industry.
- Guidelines for freshwater fishing on the Finnmark Estate shall safeguard the interests of various groups of right holders pursuant to the Finnmark Act. Local adaptations of the regulations for the freshwater fishing may be necessary to safeguard these interests.
- These changes will be implemented in current guidelines for freshwater fishing on the Finnmark Estate.
Tourism companies may be granted dispensation from the residency requirement and sell fishing licenses to customers who purchase services from the company, i.e. accommodation, transport, guiding or other services. A list of tourism companies with such dispensation can be found here.
Apply for dispensation for a tourism company
Apply for dispensation for individual(s)
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