Control of Fishery and Hunting

GFLK has a inspection corps consisting of fisheries observers, and fisheries and hunting inspectors, who carry out daily inspections of fishing and hunting activities in Greenland.
Control of fishing and hunting can be divided into two segments:

  1. Coastal and land control
  2. Offshore control

Coastal and landbased control
Control of fishing in coastal areas, and of hunting on land, is carried out by GFLK’s fisheries and hunting inspectors, that are located in the larger towns along the coast.

The number of inspectors depends on the scope of the inspection and the practical organization of inspection tasks, and is of varying nature depending on the season. This must be proportionate to the extent of the fishery, including quotas, number of ports, distances, vessel types, and the risk of illegal landings or illegal fishing.

In the coastal segment, coastal insepctions are carried out at sea, as well as inspection of landings from Greenlandic and foreign trawlers. Inspections in the coastal segment also includes, for example, inspection of muskox hunting and whale hunting. Furthermore, fisheries and hunting inspectors assist in information campaigns about fishing and hunting, as well as collaborate with the municipalities. The inspectors thus possess the necessary competencies required to carry out a well-qualified inspection at all levels, as well as to be part of an international fisheries inspection. The task of inspectors is to ensure that the legislation within the ares of fishing and hunting is enforced and complied with.

The inspection corps has five vessels of approx. 11 meters (l.o.a.) and a number of 19′ open vessels. There are also three cars and a number of snowmobiles and ATVs available.
The corps is today divided into the following cities: Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Maniitsoq, Nuuk and Ittoqqortoormiit.

Offshore control
In addition to the inspection corps in the coastal segment, GFLK’s inspection corps also consists of 13 fisheries observers. The task of the fisheries observers is to supervise the fishery at the offshore vessels, i.e. to monitor and observe the fishery, including in particular ensuring correct catch registration and that no illegal discards occurs. They can also supervise the vessel master during the fishing trip, and they can report in case of infringements, however, as observers they do not have the authority to pursue the cases further.

Cooperation with the Arctic Command and the Danish Maritime Authority
GFLK works closely with the Arctic Command (AKO). AKO carries out the fisheries inspection in the Greenland Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and AKO has the necessary authority to do so. AKO has a number of inspection vessels at its disposal. As GFLK does not have vessels for offshore control, the cooperation with AKO is therefore both valuable and useful as part of an effective control of the Greenlandic fishery.

In addition to collaborating with AKO, GFLK also has close contact with the Danish Maritime Authority’s ship register. In connection with the training of fisheries and hunting inspectors, GFLK works together with the Danish fisheries control.

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Vessel Crews

Here you can read about the rules regarding the composition of crews and find the necessary forms.

Landing Inspections

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Here you can find statistics on the work GFLK does. The control statistics are compiled quarterly and updated as soon as data is available.

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