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Order No. 278 on fisheries regulation for 2014-2020.

Type of law

This Order applies and sets regulations on activities related to commercial fishing and Danish registered fishing vessels for fishery in all waters. It includes landing, revenue, foreign-registered vessels and fishing provisions and is regulated by the Danish AgriFish Agency which may, in accordance to Appendix 6, establish fishery regulations, including setting and changing conditions for specific fisheries. Upon application, grant exemption from and decisions taken on fishing opportunities for groups of vessels apply. A vessel may dispose of vessel quota and kW-quota, as well as related annual catch amounts in accordance with regulations applicable to FKA, IOK and kW-shares. All vessels, irrespective of their size, must keep a logbook and report arrival to ports when carrying more than 300 kg of species subject to a multiannual plan. Salmon requirement is applicable when the vessel carries a minimum of 10 pieces. The same applies to vessels carrying industrial fish, herring, mackerel and horse mackerel. For eels the report shall be specified when transferring on land a minimum of 100 kg/calendar year. All species listed in Appendix 7 must be transferred on land and may therefore not be released in water.
It is illegal to operate a vessel for commercial fishing in ICES sub-area 22 in the Baltic Sea and the Belts, and which engine power exceeds 221 kW/300 hp. It is also prohibited for vessels measuring 17 mt. or more and with a width of more than 100 mt.
The Order consists of 24 Chapters and 19 Appendices: General provisions (1); General restrictions (2); Category of vehicles and various regulations (3); General regulations for the allocation on basis of quotas (FKA and IOK) and transfer of annual amounts (4); Purpose and units for Fish Fund and limited fishery for FKA species/vessels (5); Special regulations for coastal fishery (6); First-time establishment of FKA vessels or IOK-industrial species (7); Exchange of annual quotas in adherence to FKA and IOK (8); Transfer of FKA (9); Pool fishery (10); Common provisions for fisheries with IOK (11); Mackerel in the North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat, the Baltic Sea and in Norwegian fishing areas north of 62 degrees N (12); Herring in the North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat and Atlanto Scandian herring (13); Sandeel in EU waters of the North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat and Norwegian zone in the North Sea, blue whiting in EU waters and international waters, blue whiting in Faroese zone, horse mackerel in ICES areas IIa, IVa, Vb, VI, VIIa-c, e-k, VIIIa, b-d-e, XII, XIV, Capros Aper in EU waters and international waters of ICES zones VI, VII and VIII, and Norwegian pout in the North Sea (EU waters), Skagerrak and Kattegat (14); Industrial fishery (15); Ration fishery (16); General regulation (17); KW-days associated with recovery of certain stocks in ICES zone IIIa, IC, VIa, VIIa, VII, in EU waters in zones IIa and Vb (18); KW Fund (19); Distribution of kW-shares for first-time established, which have been awarded FKA or IOK credit (20); Transfer of kW-shares to other vessels (21); Maximum capacity measured in kW for vessels authorized to fish in a target area (kW-ceiling) (22); Fishing regulated by quotas (23); Inspection provisions, appeals and penalties (24).
Appendix 1 - Waters in the North Sea, the English Channel, Skagerrak, Kattegat, the Baltic Sea and the Belts in ICES sub-areas.
Appendix 2 - Application for authorization and withdrawal thereof.
Appendix 3 - Permits.
Appendix 4 - Conversion factors when determining amounts.
Appendix 5a - Notification to Danish AgriFish Agency on arrival and unloading.
Appendix 5b - Notification to Danish AgriFish Agency on nautical switch.
Appendix 6 - Notification on amended rules and criteria for fishery.
Appendix 7 - Fish species prohibited to discard if they can legally be landed.
Appendix 8 - Information for Danish AgriFish Agency in connection with transfer of ITQ shares and annual catch.
Appendix 9 - Information for Danish AgriFish Agency in connection with transfer of FKA and annual catch of certain species.
Appendix 10 - Landings of cod, hake, herring, mackerel and horse mackerel over certain allocated ports.
Appendix 11 - List of marine species.
Appendix 12 - Distribution percentage of individual quotas for nets or trawl vessels with FKA-credit compared to article 73, based on the calculation for each vessel referred to in art. 72.
Appendix 13 - Trawling and/or other towing gear in the Kattegat.
Appendix 14 - Requirements for selective fishing bags to be utilized for trawl and/or other towing gear fishing in the Kattegat, and with a mesh size of 90 mm or more (art. 33, section 2).
Appendix 15 - Requirements for selective gear to be applied for trawls and/or other towing gear in the Skagerrak (art. 34).
Appendix 16 - Notification to Danish AgriFish Agency on transfer of kW-days.
Appendix 17 - Maximum rates of ownership and concessions (arts. 86, 90).
Appendix 18 - List of equipment creating 50% extra/year available supply for quota for vessels operating only in this manner (art. 65).
Appendix 19 - Table of Contents.
Date of text
Entry into force notes
27 March 2015.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Bekendtg relse om regulering af fiskeriet i 2014-2020.