On september 1, the new regulations came into effect regarding fishing with bottom gear in the Norwegian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), as well as the Jan Mayen fishery zone and Svalbard fishery protection area. Based on a rigidly precautionary approach, all seafloor at depths below 1000 meters is defined as vulnerable. These areas are now protected from fishing with bottom gear, in addition to areas in shallower waters that are identified as vulnerable.
This places Norway as a leading nation in the work to protect vulnerable habitats from the effects of bottom gear. 800.000 square kilometers of seafloor, or 38 percent is now protected by the new national rules.
Nordic Group welcomes the leadership that has been shown by our management authorities, continuously working towards even more sustainable Norwegian seafood!