A Fisheries Region is a supervisory board that are responsible for the fisheries management in a local fishing district. Water owners association, private water owners and commercial and recreational fishers' associations within the fishing district are represented in the Fisheries Regions' supervisory board. Pursuant to the Fishing Act, the local fishing districts adopt regulations on fishing gear, minimum size of fish, or closed areas in their waters or part of them. Decisions by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-centre) on bans on ice- fishing and angling can be found by exploring the following map.
There are six fisheries Regions in Ostrobothnia:
- Kristinestad-Storå fishing district covers Kristinestad, Lappfjärd, and Storå.
- Närpes-Kaskö fishing district covers Närpes and Kaskö. The district has imposed a restriction on the minimum size of powan, which shall be 30 cm and observed in all forms of fishing.
- Korsnäs-Malax fishing district covers Korsnäs, Malax, and Vaasa. The district has adopted a resolution on the minimum mesh size of fishing gear. In fishing in the sea, the minimum mesh size of fishing gear shall be 40 mm. This restriction does not, however, apply to Baltic herring, smelt, or bait fishing.
- Kvarken fishing district was established 1.1.2014 by combining Norra Kvarken och Korsholm fishing districts and covers Korsholm, Vörå-Maxmo-Oravais and Vähäkyrö. The district has adopted a restriction on the minimum size of white fish nets, which shall be 30 cm and observed in all forms of fishing. In Vörå-Maxmo-Oravais and Vähäkyrö, the mesh size of bottom-set gillnets shall be 38 mm or bigger and in floating gillnets, 50 mm or bigger. The district has also established a closed area for fishing, covering the outlet and delta of the Kyröälv/Kyrönjoki river. It is prohibited to fish pike-perch within the closed area in June. The ban applies to all forms of fishing, including angling, jigging, and lure fishing.
- Nykarleby fishing district covers Nykarleby. The district has adopted a restriction on the minimum size of powan, which shall be 30 cm and observed in all forms of fishing.
- Norra Svenska fishing district covers Larsmo, Pedersöre, Kronoby, Jakobstad and Kokkola. Pursuant to the Fishing Act, the district has established a closed area for fishing on Larsmo-Öja lake. The ban is valid from 15th May until 15th June each year, prohibiting the fishing of pike-perch. The district has also adopted a restriction on the minimum size of powan, applicable in the sea waters. The powan shall have the minimum size of 25 cm in all forms of fishing.
A map of the local fishing districts can be found here.
Pursuant to the ELY-centre’s resolution, all currents of water in Ostrobothnia are regarded as salmon or powan waters – meaning that fishing by virtue of general fishing right is not allowed in rapids or streams. Consequently, in order to fish in rapids and streams the fisherman must obtain a licence from the owner of the fishing water in question.
The minimum size of some fish species, as prescribed by the Fishing Decree, as well as local rules and regulations set by the fishing districts in Ostrobothnia, Finland:
Salmon 60 cm (in northern Gulf of Bothnia: 50 cm)
Sea trout 60 cm
Brown trout 60 cm
Pike-perch 37 cm
Grayling 35 cm
The local fishing districts may pass regulations on the minimum size of other fish species, too, or they may stipulate that the size of certain species of fish shall be bigger than that provided by the Decree.