Hunting and fishing - for residents
The purpose of managing animal species in Svalbard is to protect, to the extent possible, naturally occurring species. This means that hunting and fishing must not affect the stock. Thus, Svalbard's animals are protected, although controlled and limited hunting and fishing is allowed for some species.
The Norwegian hunting proficiency test
To hunt in Svalbard you need to pass an exam. The exam may be taken at the Governor's office or on mainland Norway. Persons who are permanently resident abroad do not have to take the Norwegian hunting proficiency test, if they meet the requirements for similar hunting in their home country. In addition, if hunting seal and reindeer, you need to document that you have passed the big-game-proficiency test (annual rifle shooting test).
Residents are allowed to fish for arctic char with a net. They are also allowed to catch arctic char with a rod in fresh-water at specific watercourses. Fishing gear needs to be disinfected if it has been used anywhere but in Svalbard. Visitors may only fish with hand held equipment. In all cases, you need to obtain a a fishing license, which is issued at the Governor's office. The fishing season for Arctic Char is 01.01-15.10.
Hunting, trapping and fishing is permitted on these species within the following periods:
* = only for resident hunters.
** = there is a quota restriction of five Svalbard ptarmigans for each hunting season for visitors, and ten Svalbard ptarmigans per day for residents.
Fee for hunting and fishing
Everyone must obtain a license before hunting and fishing at Svalbard. You may have to pay a fee for some of these licences. The income goes to the Svalbard Environmental Fund.
The following liscences and fees are established: