Control of Fishery and Hunting

The GFLK has a corps of fishery observers, fishery inspectors and hunting officers, who controls the fishing and hunting activities in Greenland on a daily basis.

The activities of controlling fishing and hunting can be divided into two segments:
  1. Inshore and land control
  2. Off-shore control
Inshore and land-based control
Control of fishing and hunting activities on land and in coastal areas is carried out by GFLK's fishery and hunting inspectors that are located in the towns and settlements along the coast of Greenland.

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 fishing, including quotas, number of ports, distances, vessel types and the risk of illegal landings or illegal fishing.

In the control of inshore fisheries, coastal inspections are carried out at sea, as well as inspection of landings of Greenlandic and foreign trawlers. Land-based control includes control of hunting for musk ox and whale hunting. In addition, the fishery and hunting inspectors assist in information campaigns on fishing and hunting, as well as collaborating with the municipality consultants. The inspectors thus possess the necessary competencies required to carry out a well-qualified inspection, as well as be part of fisheries inspection that meets international standards. The task of the inspectors is to ensure that fishing and hunting legislation is complied with and enforced.

In assisting with the tasks of controlling fishing and hunting activities, the corps has five vessels of approx. 11 meters (l.o.a.) and a number of 19 'open boats. There are also a few service cars and a number of snowmobiles and ATVs available.

Today, the corps is distributed to the following cities: Upernavik, Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Maniitsoq, Nuuk and Ittoqqortoormiit.

Off-shore Fisheries Control
In addition to the fishery and hunting inspectors in the coastal areas, GFLK's control corps also consists of 12 fishery observers. The task of fishery observers is to observe fishery activities on seagoing vessels, and in particular, to ensure proper catch registration and that illegal discards are not made. They can also guide the skipper during the fishing trip and they can report violations are not allowed to pursue the cases further.

Cooperation with the Arctic Command and the Danish Maritime Authority
GFLK has a cooperation with the Arctic Command (AKO). AKO carries out the fisheries inspection in the Greenlandic Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and has the necessary authority for this task. AKO has a number of inspection vessels and cutters. As GFLK does not have vessels for off-shore control, its cooperation with AKO is therefore valuable and useful as part of an effective control of Greenland's fisheries.

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