The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has zero tolerance for sexually harrassment, says Director of Fisheries Frank Bakke-Jensen. Photo: wikidata.org

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has zero tolerance for sexual harrassment, says Director of Fisheries Frank Bakke-Jensen. Photo: wikidata.org

In a press release on Monday 09 May, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries announced that an employee at a fish reception in the Northern region of the country has been reported for sexual harrassment and for preventing the inspectors from carrying out the assignment they had at the company. 

The Directorate has identified that both female and male inspectors in the Directorate of Fisheries have been exposed several times to abusive behaviour, harassment and inappropriate behaviour when carrying out their assignments. One case of sexual harassment earlier this year is now being investigated. 

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Zero Tolerance 

“The Directorate of Fisheries has zero tolerance for sexually abusive behaviour, threats, harassment or other unlawful behaviour towards our employees. In this case, it is about two female inspectors who perform an important societal task and who are met with inappropriate behaviour. This is not how we can have it in the fishing industry,” says fisheries director Frank Bakke-Jensen. 

Unacceptable 

The two female inspectors were on inspection at a reception facility in Troms and Finnmark in mid-March. When unloading catch from a fishing vessel, one of the employees at the reception made clear statements that the inspectors should go on board and have sex with the crew to increase fishing happiness (so-called hall). 

“Such behaviour towards public servants is completely unacceptable. Our inspectors are at work on behalf of the Norwegian authorities and must be met with respect and common manners. This type of behaviour is unpleasant for the person who is exposed to it and can affect the job they are to perform. Therefore, we are now reporting this specific case,” says regional director Hilde Hamnes in the Directorate of Fisheries region North. 

The same person has also previously been reported for having insulted two inspectors in the Directorate of Fisheries and has decided on a fine for the matter. 

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