The Norwegian government simplifies regulations in order to stimulate growth in the red king crab tourist industry.
In recent years, the red king crab tourist fishing industry in Finnmark has grown from catching 2 tons to catching 16 tons. Now the government reduces red tape in order to stimulate further growth.
Changing from monthly to yearly licenses, simpler logging of catch while at sea and bulk allocation of licenses to tourist fishing companies are among the initiatives aiming to further boost the Finnmark tourist industry through attracting tourists wanting to fish for red king crab. Each company will be allocated a quota of 500 red king crabs each month, irrespective of the number of tourists on board.
Norwegian Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg says in a press release that the new practice will mean a significant simplification that will boost Finnmark as a tourist destination.