Restrictions of common fishing rights
- Permit or other obligation
- Nationwide except the Åland Islands
- Public service
The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) may, in a specific water area, restrict angling, ice fishing and lure fishing or prohibit them if necessary in order to:
- Secure the objectives of the fisheries region’s management plan or more efficient management of the fish stock;
- Perform fishery research;
- Secure the fish stock;
- Secure the commercial utilisation of fish or crayfish stocking done for commercial or other specific purposes; or;
- Prevent recurring or continuous disturbance of spawning areas of fish.
Do the following
Complete the printable form (Application for the prohibition of common fishing rights) and send it as an attachment to the general online form to the registry of the ELY Centre. You can also send the form by post. The return addresses are provided in the application form.
To whom and on what terms
The ELY Centre may impose a restriction or prohibition either on its own initiative or on the initiative of the fishing right holder, commercial fisherman, fisheries region or a party in whose interest the matter lies.
The restriction or prohibition must be applied for in writing, and the application must include an account of the grounds of the application and the proposed restricted or prohibited area with attached maps. The total restricted or prohibited area may be no more than 25% of the surface area of the waters of the fisheries region.
The restrictions and prohibitions may not weaken the possibility to utilise common fishing rights more than what is necessary to achieve the objective of the restriction or prohibition.
A fee is charged for the service.
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 sufficient time before it is needed.
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.