Norway welcomes increase in female fishermen for the 2022 summer youth fishing with 163 girls taking up the opportunity

Norway welcomes increase in female fishermen for the 2022 summer youth fishing with 163 girls taking up the opportunity

On a national basis, only about three percent of Norwegian fishermen are female, but in this summer’s youth fishing, the gender balance has reflected a change with 163 girls having already signed up.

In the Spring of 2022, the Ministry of Trade and Industry invited young people between the ages of 12 and 25 to register with the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries to go fishing during the summer holidays. So far, 466 have signed up. Of them, 163 are girls.

Extra gratifying
“We work strategically to increase the proportion of women in the fishing profession. It is therefore extra gratifying to see that there are so many girls who have signed up for youth fishing this summer,” says State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Fisheries, Kristina Sigurdsdottir Hansen.

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The scheme is for those between 12 and 25 years of age and applies from 13 June to 19 August (separate period for wrasse and lumpfish). It includes all species of fish caught in the usual fisheries along the coast. Each participant has the opportunity to deliver fish for up to NOK 50,000 (approx. €5,000/£4,100). 

Well-established measures
Youth fishing can be conducted with a rod, hand line, jigging machine, nets with a total length of up to 210 meters, lines with up to 300 anglers and up to 20 pots or traps.

“The youth fishing scheme is a way in for many young people who want to test the fishing profession. The goal is to give young people experience as fishermen so that they see the opportunities in the fishing industry. Today, only 20 percent of Norwegian full-time fishermen are under 30 years old. Letting them try out as fishermen during a few hectic summer weeks is a good and well-established measure that helps to ensure recruitment to an industry that is so important to Norway,” says Hansen.

Most participants in Troms and Finnmark
This year’s youth fishing is already well underway. Troms and Finnmark are the counties with the most entries, with just over 233, while Vestland (95) and Nordland (60) follow in the places behind.

All 11 counties are represented on the list of participants. The hinterland, Agder and Vestfold and Telemark have the fewest fishermen, with one fisherman each.

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