Mission and vision – goal and purpose

To secure the preservation of and a sustainable utilisation of species. A sustainable regulation will further result in optimal utilisation of quotas in the hunting and fishing professions, both at sea and on land.

To secure monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing and hunting via an effective compliance of rules to make political and administrative action possible.


Is about propriety

Is about us taking responsibility that the processes are running according to plan

Is about reliability – that we do what we say!

Fisheries license inspector

Claus E. Nielsen

CNIE@ nanoq.gl

Chief of control

Gerth K. Kristiansen

GEKK@ nanoq.gl

Chief of IT and international relations

Mads R. Lund

MARL@ nanoq.gl

Chief of administration

Svend L. Larsen

SLLA@ nanoq.gl

Senior consultant

Mads T. Nedergaard

MADS@ nanoq.gl

GFLK’s primary purpose is to ensure compliance with the Government of Greenland’s fishing and hunting legislation, including the rules that are issued in accordance with mutual, bilateral deals or as a consequence of Greenland’s participation in international, administrative organisations or membership of international conventions on fishing practises.

GFLK maintains a host of tasks related to both administrative control and direct control of fishing and hunting. The primary tasks that GFLK maintains are among others:

  • Ongoing control of submitted reports, logbooks and procurements from fishing vessels and places of procurement.
  • Monitoring the activities of fishing vessels in Greenland’s waters and Greenlandic vessels in international waters via a satellite-based surveillance system.
  • Fishing quotas that are communicated to relevant organisations and authorities. These statements are rooted in data from messages, logbooks, landings and procurements.
  • Inspections by ship performed by fishery inspectors in coastal areas, in addition to fishery observers on board seagoing vessels in addition to joint campaigns with Joint Arctic Command.
  • Validating Greenlandic catch certificates relating to fish products intended for export to the EU.
  • Port State Control (PSC) and fighting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishery (IUU), in addition to international cooperation with among others the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) and North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC).
  • Bilateral arrangements and control collaborations.

The main principle behind fishery control is Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS). GFLK employs a number of tools precisely to monitor and control the fishing industry in Greenland.
The fishing industry is regulated to ensure a sustainable exploitation of the population in addition to a sustainable economy. A sustainable regulation will furthermore result in larger quotas and thus a better economy in the fishing industry, both at sea and on land.

The condition for a successful regulation is effective enforcement of the rules; to intervene politically and administratively if a fishery doesn’t develop in a desired way.
GFLK collaborates with APPN in using, in order to undertake its control-related tasks, an advanced system of registration in the shape of a central data base that consists of a number of registers:

  • a vessel register
  • an individual register
  • a register for reports
  • a register for logbook data
  • a register for procurement data
  • a quota register
  • a license register
  • a catch and hunt register

The data base enables the validation of data in addition to creating the foundation for working out various statistics for national and international usage. Data from the fishing industry is used, among others, by the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in connection with evaluating fish populations and for biological advice about TAC and quotas.

Instructions regarding reports, catch reports etc. can be found at www.businessingreenland.gl under Fiskeri og fiskerikontrol (only available in Danish).

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