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Minimum sizes for salt water fish

Updated: 07.06.2017

With effect from 1 January 2010, all those fishing in the sea in Norway must follow the minimum fish size regulations. The objective of these regulations is to allow small fish to survive so that they can mature enough to reproduce.

If you catch a fish which is smaller than the minimum size, you must wet your hands with sea water and carefully free the fish from the fishing tackle then release it back to sea. If the fish is dead or not capable of surviving, you can keep it to eat. In order to avoid catching a number of fish under the minimum size, you can for example move to a new fishing area or try using larger fish hooks.

A complete table of minimum fish sizes is provided at the end of this article. We have compiled our own brochures containing information on minimum fish sizes in Norwegian, Russian, English, German, Polish and Czech. You can order these brochures by sending an email to

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