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Angling permits for 2019 available beginning tomorrow


Angling permits for 2019 will be made available for purchase tomorrow, 1 November. Each person purchasing an annual permit (good for one calendar year) will also receive Suomu magazine. The fisheries management fee is mandatory for all persons 18-64 years of age who are fishing by means other than ice fishing, hook and line fishing or fishing with a simple herring rig. Proceeds from the fisheries management fee are used to manage and maintain Finland's fishing waters and fish stocks.

If you pay the fisheries management fee now, it will enter into effect immediately at the turn of the year. Photo: Mirja Sevón

For many anglers, the fisheries management fee is the most essential angling permit. The state fisheries management fee is required if you are 18-64 years of age and will be fishing with lures or traps. No angling permit is required for ice fishing, hook and line fishing or fishing with a simple herring rig - these are considered general fishing rights.

Carefree fishing with an annual angling permit

The fisheries management fee for 2019 can be paid now, so the angling permit will enter into effect immediately at the turn of the year. The fisheries management fee may be paid for one calendar year, seven calendar days or one calendar day.

The state fisheries management fee may be paid on the Eräluvat.fi web shop, with our phone service (+358 (0)20 69 2424, a Metsähallitus visitor centre or the nearest R-kioski convenience shop. Because the permit is a mandatory personal document, you will be asked to provide your name, contact information and date of birth. The fisheries management fee is 45 euros for one calendar year, 15 euros for one week and 6 euros for one day.

Each person purchasing an annual permit for 2019 will also receive Suomu magazine along with their angling permit in the spring. The angling permit serves as the proof of purchase of the fisheries management fee, much in the same way as a store receipt.

The fisheries management fee is vital to sustainable fish stocks

The fisheries management fee is used to manage and maintain Finnish fishing waters an fish stocks. Beginning next year, the use and management of fishing waters will be the responsibility of fisheries regions, which together with water area owners use the proceeds from fisheries management fees to safeguard sustainable fishing. A portion of the proceeds from fisheries management fees go to state fisheries organisations and various development projects, whose purpose is to promote fishing, the management of fishing waters and fisheries control.

The need for angling permits is determined by the fishing method used and age of the angler

National Park Bringing New Feeling of Optimism to Hossa

by Fran Weaver, August 2017

Lenny Daly of the local firm Hossan Lumo feels that the new Hossa National Park provides ideal settings for the trendy outdoor activity of SUP-boarding. The Daly family's dog Vicky is also on board. Photo: Maija Daly, Hossan Lumo

The opening in June 2017 of Finland's 40th national park at Hossa, to mark the centenary of the Finland's independence, has been a great boost for local entrepreneurs offering services related to nature tourism and outdoor recreation. New jobs and income are very welcome in this part of Finland's north-eastern borderlands, between the towns of Kuusamo and Suomussalmi.

The clear waters and sandy shores of Hossa National Park are particularly popular among paddlers. Visitors can rent kayaks from local firms or join guided paddling tours to discover the park's highlights. Photo: Hannu Huttu / Metsähallitus

Local firms are already providing a wider range of services for increasing numbers of visitors with different interests. The small family firm Hossan Lumo, run by locally born Maija Daly and her Irish husband Lenny Daly, rents out equipment including fat tyre mountain bikes, kayaks and SUP-boards, while also offering cosy cabin accommodation and lovely lakeside locations for tents and caravans.

Lenny Daly feels that Hossa provides ideal settings for many popular outdoor pursuits. "Hossa's clear blue lakes are great for paddling, and Finland is now also catching on to the international boom in SUP-boarding," he says. "The trails along Hossa's sandy ridges are likewise ideal for mountain biking or hiking." 

Hossa Reindeer Park gives visitors to the nearby national park a chance to get up close to reindeer. Raili Karvonen brings tasty snacks out to some of the park's residents. Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Maija Daly believes that especially for foreign visitors, Hossa's new status as a national park makes it much more attractive than its previous designation as a hiking area. 

"There's a new feeling of optimism as interest in Hossa increases, and people are getting keen to branch out and start new businesses and activities."  

Joga instructor, wilderness guide Saija Taivalmäki is one of the new entrepeuneurs working in Hossa National Park. Photo: Raili Takolander

National parks, national hiking areas and other protected areas provide the visitors with unforgettable moments, best sceneries and hiking and skiing facilities. Read more about the self-guided tours.

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