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Finnmark forbidding foreigner fishing flaunts freedom, firm finds. A Norwegian legal practice’s assessment snags protectionist northern Norway landowners’ move to ban foreigners and tourists fishing. Private enterprise FeFo had engaged law firm Hjort to look into the matter following legislative changes. The Act of 2005 (‘Finnmarksloven’) led to removing a five-kilometre (about 3.1 miles) exclusion zone which gave Norwegian residents-only fishing rights there.

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Finnmark forbidding foreigner fishing flaunts freedom, firm finds

Published on Friday, 13th December, 2013 at 13:42 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 11th April 2014 at 10:46.

A Norwegian legal practice’s assessment snags protectionist northern Norway landowners’ move to ban foreigners and tourists fishing.

A goldfish
A new possible new fishing ban in northern Norway could leave foreigners and tourists alike looking downcast.A goldfish
Photo: Bjwebb/Wikimedia Commons


Private enterprise FeFo had engaged law firm Hjort to look into the matter following legislative changes.

The Act of 2005 (‘Finnmarksloven’) led to removing a five-kilometre (about 3.1 miles) exclusion zone which gave Norwegian residents-only fishing rights there.

FeFo’s board decided to delay reintroducing the territorial limitation this year as the legal basis was unclear in relation to the EEA Agreement and the Act.

‘Finnmarksloven’ gives the Sami and others living in Finnmark special rights regarding access to land and water.

“The purpose of the Finnmark Act is to ensure that land and natural resources in Finnmark are managed in a balanced and ecologically sustainable manner for the benefit of the citizens of the county and particularly as a basis for Sami culture, reindeer husbandry, use of uncultivated land, commercial activities and community,” states the preamble.

Hjort law firm has stated that the risk from foreign anglers to the resources and population is not great enough to impose a new zone.

The Act also says that it “is ethnically neutral in the sense that individuals' legal position is not dependent on their ethnic affiliation.”

“The new Finnmark Act legislates for those other than Finnmark residents being permitted to hunt and trap small game and fishing with rod and line.”

FeFo’s Board will next process the matter at their 25-26 February 2014 meeting.

(‘Hjort’ is the Norwegian word for ‘deer’).




Published on Friday, 13th December, 2013 at 13:42 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 11th April 2014 at 10:46.

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