Norway and the European Union have agreed to establish a system of Real Time Closures (RTC) in the North Sea and Skagerrak. This agreement came into force 1 September 2009 and gives the possibility to close fishing grounds in the North Sea and Skagerrak for the protection of juveniles and small fish.
In accordance with section 47 second paragraph of the regulations relating to sea-water fisheries the Directorate of Fisheries are given the legal authority to close and open fishing grounds for the protection of juveniles and small fish in the North Sea and Skagerrak.
In accordance with the RTC regime a restricted fishing ground will be closed for 21 days if the intermixture of juvenile or small fish of cod, saithe, haddock and whiting exceeds the criteria’s specified in the agreement.
The area is closed for all fishing gears other than pelagic trawls targeting pelagic species, purse seines, driftnets and jiggers targeting herring, mackerel, horse mackerel, gillnets with a mesh size of 120 mm and above and pots.