The Directorate was founded in 1900, and its main goal is to promote profitable economic activity through sustainable and user-oriented management of marine resources and the marine environment.
The Directorate of Fisheries’ role is
to provide professional input to the policy making process by way of
- analyses, statistics and advice
- legislature and regulative work and regulation planning development
to be an efficient manager by
- implementing political decisions
- processing applications and appeals
- conducting monitoring and control
to be a partner through
- active cooperation with trade and industry, the research community and relevant public services, national and international
- knowledge sharing with various stakeholders and the general public
The Directorate has seven regional offices, located at the coast from Egersund in the south to Vadsø in the north.
Their responsibilities include dealing with individual cases, providing guidance and conducting monitoring and auditing activities, including resource monitoring. The regional offices are also in charge of a number of local offices.