Fishery and freshwater fishing

Small fishing vessel at sea, with a flock of sea gulls flying above.
Photo: Stein Ø. Nilsen / tromsofoto.net

Fishing may have a significant impact on northern ecosystems. Both species that are fished and species living on them will be affected. The fisheries are regulated to prevent catches being excessively large. Monitoring data on the fisheries are valuable information for the management authorities. The Svalbard char is the only freshwater fish in Svalbard that can be fished and efforts are being made to get an indicator in place in 2015 to monitor the number caught.