Fishing tourism

  • Published: 02/06/2017

Every year about 33 people die in accidents related to use of recreational craft in Norway. 10% of these are foreign tourists. Two main reasons are lack of experience in the use of open boats and ignorance about weather and climate in Norway. Too often foreign tourists can be observed in bad weather and in boats not suitable for the conditions.

Fishing tourists in Norway
PHOTO: Steinar Haugberg/Sjøfartsdirektoratet

Many tourist choose to stand while they fish from an open boat. This practice increases the risk of capsizing or falling over board. Many tourists also neglect to use a flotation vest that could save their lives if they should fall over board.

Brochures

The NMA has published informational brochures in German and English to ensure that tourists receive the necessary information to fish safely in Norway. It is important you read this. Companies that arrange fishing holidays or rent fishing equipment are mandated to give the necessary information.

Download brochures: 

Forside tysk utgave

English.pdf

German.pdf

Animated safety videos in six different languages may be downloaded from this Vimeo-link.

 

 

 

Renting of recreational fishing craft

Boats rented to tourists are not subject to specific regulations. Renters are however subject to certain regulations set out in the Act for product control.

Renters of craft used by foreign tourists or others are responsible for the safety of tourists. Renters shall make sure that the products rented do not pose a safetyr risk to the users, and shall also give users the necessary information for using the the product rented and assessing inherent risk in using the product.

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has published web pages with information in several different languages.

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