The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries is to introduce stricter controls on fish landings based on Fisheries Control Committee’s recommendations
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has adopted an action plan to follow-up on Fisheries Control Committee’s recommendations with the aim of strengthening fisheries control.
The Fisheries Control Committee reported that what a lack of verifiable documentation through the value chain creates the greatest risk of illegal harvesting and sale of fish. In the short term, the committee recommended stricter requirements for the weighing systems at landing, as well as checkpoints before and after landing, in order to reduce the scope for deliberate and unconscious incorrect registration of receipts.
“It is important that in the further work we safeguard the holistic perspective that the Fisheries Control Committee has drawn up, at the same time as we are able to introduce concrete, effective and credible measures,” says the Director of Fisheries Per Sandberg.
Action plan for improving fisheries control
The Directorate of Fisheries has adopted an action plan for the development of fisheries control, which describes a number of measures within three main areas of action;
- digitization and documentation,
- more effective fisheries control, and
- effective response apparatus in case of offenses.
Through this action plan, the Directorate of Fisheries now follows up the Fisheries Control Committee’s recommendations step by step.
Stricter requirements for weighing systems
The Directorate of Fisheries and the Adjustment Service propose stricter requirements for weighing systems.
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries and the Norwegian Coastal Administration propose that requirements be introduced for the use of automatic scales and weighing systems when receiving fish “to ensure that weight and species are not a negotiating topic when landing”, as Seafood Norway stated in its input to the consultation.
This measure is absolutely central to responding to the findings of the Fisheries Control Committee and will contribute to the establishment of verifiable documentation about the country’s fish and thus contribute to ensuring correct registration of the resource withdrawal and correct banknote keeping of all land catches.
“The measures we are now proposing will be a real milestone in the development of fisheries control and will take the fisheries administration and the industry big steps in the right direction,” says the Director of Fisheries.
“As those responsible for the metrological regulations, Justervesenet has an important role in resource control. Proper use of weighing systems is crucial for confidence in, and in, this industry. A collaboration with the Directorate of Fisheries is therefore both natural and useful,” says director of the Justervesenet, Geir Samuelsen.
The specific requirements that are now proposed to be introduced:
- The receiver shall have an automatic weighing system consisting of one or more scales and other components that are necessary to ensure that all fish received are weighed.
- The weighing system shall have functions that ensure that all weighing data and data on incidents that may affect weighing results are transferred electronically to the Directorate of Fisheries, stored electronically with the recipient for at least 5 years, and are available to the Directorate of Fisheries and can be retrieved by inspection at the reception site.
- The weighing system shall have an integrated function to be able to report, correct and submit a new version in the event of errors and omissions in the transferred data (error handling system).
- The weighing system shall communicate with and exchange electronic data with the banknote system and other systems that are to use the weighing result.
- The transfer of data to the Directorate of Fisheries shall take place via an electronic solution.
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries also proposes that processes be implemented to clean up in practice the use of fish caught for personal use to ensure that all fish caught in the business context are entered in the resource accounts and quota settlement.