Control of Fishing Areas

Control of Fishing Areas

Meet the industry bodies in charge of safeguarding our seas.

Controlling our fishing areas

Norway has developed a multi-layered system that involves participation from everyone in its fishing industry. We have also created an independent surveillance system that covers the entire seafood chain—from fisherman to fork—to ensure our quality and sustainability standards are being upheld at every stage.

The following organizations each play a key role in this process:

Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs

This is the secretariat for the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs. It exercises its administrative authority by drafting and implementing laws and regulations. It is split into three departments, each focussing on a different aspect of coastal management—managing marine resources, aquaculture and innovation.

Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA)

This official national body exists to protect the food you eat. It monitors the safety of seafood products and the health and well-being of our fish. The NFSA also plays a key role in implementing the objectives of the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.

The National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES)

This is a research institute with administrative duties and it is affiliated with the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs. They are focussed on all aspects of nutrition, both in terms of what we feed our fish and its benefits to the human body. The institute provides scientific advice to the government and authorities, concerning the health and safety of both wild and farmed fish.

The Directorate of Fisheries

The Directorate of Fisheries monitors and controls the entire value chain. They hold quayside and sales inspections, post landing audits and undertake inspections at sea. Their main focus is quota control—they ensure that everyone involved in the Norwegian fishing industry, including aquaculture, is operating within the law. 

The Coast Guard

Here to fight illegal fishing, the Coast Guard is responsible for ensuring that Norway’s fishing grounds comply with specific quotas and catch periods. We’re proud to say that there are now virtually zero cases of illegal or unreported fishing in our waters.

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC)

It’s the role of the NSC to market the Norwegian fishing industry. We exist to promote healthy and sustainable Norwegian seafood at home and in the countries we export to—we even manage this website.