Danish Directorate of Fisheries


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Danish Directorate

of Fisheries

Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries


Main purpose

As part of The Ministry of Food the chief

purposes of The Directorate of Fisheries is to

work for the following:

– Fresh and good fishery products for the


– Preservation of the stocks

– Sustainable fishing

– A healthy and economically strong fishing


– Recreational fishing for as many as possible in

salt as well as in fresh water.


In order to fulfil the chief purpose in the best

way the Directorate of Fisheries wants to:

– Obtain general recognition and understanding

in relation to our control, inspection, and


– Do our job in the best possible way with

the given means to the satisfaction of our


– Have a high level of mobility and flexibility

in order to be present at the locations of the


– Keep our position as one of the best and most

rational fish inspection services in the EU

– Make relevant influence internationally

– Keep and develop the directorate as a

modern, service-minded, and interesting

place to be employed

– Keep and develop a high technological level.

Danish Directorate

of Fisheries

The Directorate of Fisheries was established

1st January 1995. At the same time The Ministry

of Agriculture merged with The Ministry of

Fisheries. In the following years the ministry

expanded, and today it is known as The Ministry

of Food which The Directorate of Fisheries is

part of.

There are about 300 employees in The Directorate

of Fisheries.


Around 85 people work in the central unit in


The prime job of the directorate is administration

and inspection in relation to the various

fishing activities. Therefore most of the employees

work in the local units throughout the

country and at sea on board inspection vessels.

In that way they are as close as possible to the

fishing activities.

The country is divided up into 3 areas – inspectorates

– including 7 regional offices and some

local offices.

The directorate disposes of 4 vessels inspecting

at sea, but also at times in the harbours in

corporation with the inspectorates. 3 of the

ships are available for rescue and tug services,

mostly in relation to fishing vessels.

The Central Unit

In the central unit there are 3 divisions:

1st Division


This division is the administrative division handling

administrative questions like in any other

corporation. This includes questions in relation

to budget, account, control of economy, administration

of personnel, and educational

questions. The division also deals with general

questions concerning the ships.

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2nd Division

This division deals with the material questions.

Among other things it involves the following:

– The general planning, controlling, and coordination

of the inspection of the fisheries

– Regulation of the fishing activities

– Issuing of individual fishing licences

– Making rules especially on inspection and

regulation of the fishing activities

– Issuing of licences to buy fish directly from the


– Registration of fishermen and administration

of the fleet capacity

– Administration of recreational fishing which

involves selling of 2 kinds of licences, administration

of the revenue which is used to maintain

the various species, and inspection

– Legal counselling in relation to the inspectorates

and the ships

– General information from the directorate.


The division also disposes of a 24 hour-service that

can be contacted around the clock. The prime job

of this service is to receive pre-notifications about

landing of fish not meant for human consumption

and to answer any question in relation to the fishing


3rd Division


This division deals with all questions of electronic

data processing in the directorate. This involves

receiving and keeping information (data)

about the landings of fish given by the fishermen

(logbooks) and the first buyer of the fish

(sales notes). The data has to be processed for

further reports to the EU and other international

organisations. At the same time The Directorate

of Fisheries makes and publishes the official

statistics on fishing in Denmark.

Vessels, fishing gear, fishermen, and fishing

companies are registered in the directorate.

The directorate disposes of an Internet homepage

and an Intranet for internal information.

The Inspectorates

The inspectorates are organised in 3 inspectorates:


– North with offices in Nykøbing Mors and


– South with offices in Fredericia, Randers, and


– East with offices in Roskilde and Nexø

Fish are landed at about 340 locations around

the country. About 125 of these have a trade of

more than 1 million Danish crowns pro year.

Recreational fishing is spread all over the country

in salt waters and in fresh waters.

It is very important for the inspectors to be at

the spot where and when the fishing and landing

activities take place. Therefore the staff

operates in mobile units. Normally the units are

specialised in inspection of either landings of

fish or fishing activities in fresh water and close

to the coast line where they operate in small

transportable boats.

Most of the landings inspected are landings

made by professional fishing vessels. The inspection

takes place at the actual landing, at the

fishing auctions, and at other places where the

fish is handled right after landing, or even

production plants that receive fish directly from

the vessels. The purpose of the inspection is to

secure the various regulations on fishing activities

so that quotas negotiated with EU and

other countries are respected. It is important to

check that the individual vessel has the licence

to land the given amount and species of fish,

that the fish is not undersized, and that the

fishing gear is legal. In that way the directorate

helps to secure the preservation of the stocks

and the sustainability of the fishing.


An important thing is to check the freshness and

quality of the fish on board the fishing vessels,

at landing, and at the first buyer of the fish

after landing. In that way the directorate helps

to secure healthy and fresh fish for the consumer.

Special units inspect the various fishing activities

in and at lakes and streams and along the coastline.

Here too, the purpose is preservation of

the stocks, so that professional as well as recreational

fishing can go on in the future in a

sustainable way. It is checked whether a fishing

licence has been bought, whether the gear is

legal and placed correctly and many other details

in relation to this kind of fishing.

The inspectorates give relevant service to the

trade as well as to the various recreational


The Ships

The Directorate of Fisheries disposes of 4 inspection

and rescue vessels:

– ”Nordsøen”

– ”Vestkysten”

– ”Havørnen”

– ”Viben”

“Nordsøen” and “Vestkysten” are operating in

The North Sea, Skagerak, and Kattegat most of

the time, whereas “Havørnen” and “Viben” are

operating around the islands and in The Baltic



The prime activity of the ships is to inspect fishing

at sea. This is done through surveillance of

the fishing activities, but also by boarding the

fishing vessels in order to check the fishing gear,

the catch including its quality, the licences of

the vessel, and other documents.

Staff from the ships also helps to inspect the fish

at the landing locations. This is done in close

corporation with the inspectorates.

Like other ships our vessels must take part in

dangerous rescue situations. This is according

to general regulation at sea. We have a special

obligation to have a number of ships on standby.

In that way the ships are part of the total

rescue standby in Danish waters.

Standard equipment of the ships is emergency

gear in case of casualties, breathing apparatus

in case of fire, and speedboats for the use of



Apart from “Viben”, which is a very small vessel,

the ships also make a tug service. In that way

they help fishing vessels with for instance engine

problems, but it may be other kinds of help

on the spot. The fishermen have to pay for the

help, unless it is a case of emergency.

The Ships

”Nordsøen” Tel.: +45 75 12 15 76

Postbox 1055 NMT: +45 302 63 681

6701 Esbjerg Fax: +45 302 84 447

Satellite-tel.: +45 33 96 30 10

Statellite-fax.: +45 33 96 30 20

”Vestkysten” Tel.: +45 97 83 10 01

Postbox 38 NMT: +45 302 47 250

7680 Thyborøn Fax: +45 302 02 030

Satellite-tel.: +45 33 96 39 10

Statellite-fax.: +4533 96 39 40

”Havørnen” NMT: +45 302 03 516

Postbox 44 Fax: +45 302 03 516

9990 Skagen Satellite-tel.: +45 33 96 38 20

Statellite-fax.: +45 33 96 38 29

”Viben” NMT: +45 302 48 873

Fiskeridirektoratet Fax: +45 302 64 005

Stormgade 2

1470 København K


The Central Unit

Danish Directorate of Fisheries

Stormgade 2

1470 Copenhagen K

Tel.: +45 33 96 30 00

Fax: +45 33 96 39 03

24-hour-service: +45 33 96 36 09

Telex: 16144 fm dk

Internet: fd@fd.dk

Home page: http://www.fd.dk

Working hours Monday-Thursday 08.30 a.m.-

04.00 p.m. and Friday 09.30a.m.-03.00 p.m..

The Inspectorates


Fiskeriinspektorat Nord

Afdelingen i Nykøbing Mors

N.A.Christensensvej 40 Tel.: +45 97 71 01 00

7900 Nykøbing Mors Fax: +45 97 71 01 61

Afdelingen i Frederikshavn

Sandholm 10 Tel.: +45 96 20 70 10

9900 Frederikshavn Fax: +45 98 43 32 90

Fiskeriinspektorat Syd

Afdelingen i Fredericia

Vesterballevej 1 Tel.: +45 75 94 44 00

7000 Fredericia Fax: +45 75 94 45 05

Afdelingen i Randers

Marsvej 4 Tel.: +45 86 44 89 11

8900 Randers Fax: +45 86 44 89 10

Afdelingen i Esbjerg

Auktionsgade 9 Tel.: +45 75 12 20 55

6700 Esbjerg Fax: +45 75 12 49 30

Fiskeriinspektorat Øst

Afdelingen i Roskilde

Langebjergvænget 11 Tel.: +45 46 75 46 00

4000 Roskilde Fax: +45 46 75 42 90

Afdelingen i Nexø

Industrivej 7 Tel.: +45 56 49 30 33

3730 Nexø Fax: +45 56 49 42 49


Stormgade 2

1470 København K

Tlf.: 33 96 30 00

Fax: 33 96 39 03


Design: Rumfang. Fotos: Finn Sivebæk m.fl. Tryk: Herrmann & Fischer

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