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Restricting fishing and deciding on catch sizes

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) may, on application:

  • prohibit fishing with a certain fishing gear or way of fishing or restrict it
  • prohibit fishing during a certain time or restrict it
  • restrict the number of fishing gear used
  • prohibit taking a catch larger than a certain amount
  • prohibit the catching of fish of a certain gender or size class or catching fish not marked in accordance with section 75 of the Fishing Act
  • order catch sizes differing from those laid down for specific species or stocks in a certain water area.

In addition, the ELY Centre may impose restriction if this necessary to prevent danger to waterborne traffic.

Do the following

Complete the printable form (Application for the restriction of fishing) or draw up a free-form application (exceptions to catch sizes) and send it as an attachment to the general online form to the registry of the ELY Centre. You can also send the completed form or free-form application by post. The return addresses are provided in the application form.

To whom and on what terms

A prohibition may be imposed in a water area with a fish species or stock whose viability or return has degraded or is in danger of degrading and in a water area important for the reproduction of a fish species or stock.

The restrictions and prohibitions imposed may be differentiated with regard to fishermen belonging to different commercial fishermen groups.

The restrictions and prohibitions may not restrict the use of a fishing right more than necessary to achieve the objective of the restriction or prohibition.

In order to take special regional circumstances into consideration, the ELY Centre may, upon application of a fishing right holder or a fisheries region or on its own initiative, order catch sizes differing from those laid down for specific species or stocks, if the status of the fish species or stock in the area differs significantly from the criteria used for laying down the catch sizes. The ELY Centre may not, however, deviate more than 20% from the minimum catch sizes provided.

A fee is charged for the service.

The decision on the restriction of fishing or the exception to catch sizes is subject to a fee. Fees can be found on the website: A government decree on the fee-based services of the ELY Centre, TE Offices and KEHA Centre.


The permit should be applied for in good time before it is needed.

Processing time

The processing time of the application is 6 to 8 weeks. A decision usually involve a request for a statement or a public notice, which takes time.

Period of validity

Up to 10 years.

Basic information

The service is provided byELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for North Savo
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 7/3/2020