Sisimiut - 21, 22 and 23 September 2018

About: Deep-sea and inshore fishing in Greenland

Deep-sea and inshore fishing in Greenland

Fishing can be divided into inshore and deep-sea fishing. As a third element, there is relatively unrestricted fishing in Greenland by people with commercial hunting licenses and anglers.

For deep-sea fishing there are under 30 owners with 53 boats involved. Typically, they are ocean-going trawlers over 80 GRT for prawn fishing, which can simultaneously process the catch on board. These trawlers have a legal obligation to land 25% of their catch for processing on land.

Inshore fishing is based on small and medium-sized boats, where there are about 500 owners and 519 boats involved. Typically, they are vessels up to 80 GRT for local and regional inshore fishing.

The relatively unrestricted fishing by people with commercial hunting licenses and recreational anglers, totals between 3000 and 5000 dinghies, of which over 2000 are mostly used for fishing - typically dinghies with outboard motors and small boats under 5 GRT that are purely for local fishing most often performed simultaneously with other business activities. Despite the high number of boats in the inshore fishing industry in relation to the deep-sea, the inshore fleet only constitutes just over 15% of the total tonnage. The inshore or coastal fishing takes place within a three sea mile limit.

Source: Department of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture.