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:
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 (only fin-clipped)
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.