The Minstry functions as the secretariat for the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs and exercises its administrative authority through such tasks as drafting and implementing laws and regulations.
The Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries & Coastal Affairs is divided into three departments.
Department of Marine Resources & Coastal Management
The portfolio of this department contains a wide range of topics, including quota negotiations and international fisheries agreements, IUU-fishing, coordination of area and environmental policies, regulation and access of fishing licenses and permits, capacity adjustment schemes for the fishing fleet, petroleum matters, maritime safety and emergency preparedness system for acute pollution.
Department of Aquaculture, Seafood & Markets
The Department of Aquaculture, Seafood and Markets is responsible for the regulatory framework for and constraints and supervision of the aquaculture industry, including fish health and environmental sustainability. Safe and healthy seafood falls under the department's ambit of responsibility, as well as monitoring of seafood products throughout the entire production chain, including fish feed. Another integral area of responsibility is trade policy and market access, at the global (WTO), European (EU-EEA) and regional/bilateral level (EFTA)
The department is responsible for following up on the legislation and regulatory framework; the Aquaculture Act, the act relating to the export of fish and fish products, the Food Act, and the act relating to animal welfare where it applies to seafood and aquaculture.
Department of Research and Innovation
The Department of Research and Innovation is responsible for research and innovation policy, regional policy and port and maritime transport policy, including the National Transport Plan. The department is responsible for national budget work, audits, financial management, subsidy administration and targets and performance management.
View foreword of the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs