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Act No. 79 of 2005 relating to aquaculture (Aquaculture Act).

Type of law
Date of original text

This Act establishes a regulatory framework for the aquaculture industry in inland waters and marine waters including the territorial sea, the EEZ and the Continental shelf of Norway. The Act consists of 34 sections divided into 8 Chapters.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries may grant a licence ("aquaculture licence") for the production of specific species in limited geographic areas (sites) subject to prescribed restrictions attached to the licence. The Act specifies the conditions on which a licence may be granted. Allocation of aquaculture licences for salmon, trout and rainbow trout shall be subject to specific Regulations to be issued by the Ministry.
The Act further: (a) lays down requirements of environmental sustainability of aquaculture operations, including the obligation to restore the aquaculture site and adjoining areas if the production is discontinued; (b) defines the relationship of licensed aquaculture operations to land-use plans and nature or cultural heritage conservation measures; (c); provides for the registration, transfer and mortgaging of aquaculture licences; (d) provides for administrative control and supervision; and (e) defines sanctions for the contravention of provisions of this Act or prescribed pursuant to this Act.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Entry into force notes
The Act entered into force on 1 January 2006.
Consolidated version in Norwegian of Act No. 79 of 2005 amended last by Act No. 67 of 2019.The production of anadromous salmonids and fresh-water fish for cultivation purposes is regulated by the Act of 15 May 1992 No. 47 relating to salmonids and fresh-water fish etc.This Act does not apply to Svalbard and Jan Mayen.
Publication reference
The English version is a translation of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries of 24 April 2006.
Source language


Legislation status
in force
Legislation Amendment
Original title
Lov om akvakultur (akvakulturloven).
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