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Sea Areas 7412

With this angling permit you can fish in the sea areas controlled by Metsähallitus between Virolahti and Tornio using a fly or a lure. The permit area contains approximately 56 000 hectares of water areas at sea.

Sea Areas

Recreational fishing (angling)
Calendar year
Casting, Trolling, Fly fishing
Perch, Pike, Pike-perch, Sea salmon, Whitefish, Cyprinids

Permit area map

Lapland Pohjanmaa and Kainuu Other areas,

Purchasing a permit

Angling permit for sea areas for adults

When purchasing an angling permit for an adult, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours, 7 days or the entire season. The prices for angling permits are as follows:

permit validity permit price
24 hours 10 €
24 hours (starting from 1 January 2024) 15 €
7 days 15 €
7 days (starting from 1 January 2024) 20 €
The entire season (calendar year) 25 €
The entire season (calendar year, starting from 1 January 2024) 30 €

Angling permit for sea areas allows the entire family to fish with one permit. A family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents or legal guardians as well as married and common-law couples.

Angling permit for sea areas for people aged under 18

An angling permit for a person under 18 years of age is valid for the entire calendar year and the price is 10 euros (starting from 1 January 2024 12 euros). The permit is personal, which means that only the permit holder is entitled to fish.

Where to purchase A permit


You can pay licences using the most common payment methods in the online store (



Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.


With the Eräluvat app, you can purchase angling permits easily and quickly. You can pay with a debit or credit card. Read the instructions for using the app.




Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

Calendar year

Water areas that are included in this angling permit

An angling permit for sea areas applies to approximately 56,000 hectares of water area in the sea between Virolahti and Tornio that are administered by Metsähallitus. You can find key sea areas included in the angling permit at

The angling permit for sea areas does not grant the right to fish

  • in private waters (e.g., waters owned by joint ownership associations)
  • Metsähallitus' other angling destinations
  • joint permit areas 
  • rental waters with full fishing rights or
  • in specialty waters.

The fisher is responsible for finding out about the possible separate fishing restrictions and minimum catch size regulations in effect at the different fishing destinations. 

Area restrictions

Fishing is prohibited in the following waters of Storskär

  • Places reserved for fyke nets
  • Södra Viken 15.3. – 15.6.
  • Storsanden 1.5. – 31.8.
  • Skvättan 1.5. – 31.8.

In the waters of Norrskär fishing is prohibited in places reserved for fyke nets and the surroundings of Synnerstberget between 1.4. – 15.8.

Fishing gear and bait

The angling permit allows an angler to use the so-called Ismete fishing technique, which is dead bait fishing from the ice with several rods.

An angling permit allows anglers to use lures and flies. When fishing for whitefish, grubs and worms may also be used.

One angling permit allows the use of up to eight (8) rods or lines at a time.


Holders of sea areas angling permit are allowed to keep a boat on the shores of a water body which is included in the permit area and located in a multiple-use forest managed by Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd. If there is a valid plan for the area guiding the storage of boats in a certain location, the boats must be stored in the designated locations. The owner’s name must be marked on the boat, and the owner is responsible for keeping the moorings clean.

Fishing in a national park

The angler must check the special regulations of national parks, among other things regarding restricted areas, landing restrictions and lighting fires. Information on the regulations of national parks can be found at

Catch quotas

A person is not allowed to catch more than two (2) salmon within 24 hours, regardless of the permit validity. The 24-hour catch quota cannot be increased by purchasing several permits for the same 24-hour period.

There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species.

Catch sizes and protection periods

The following table contains the catch sizes and protection periods specified in the Fishing Decree:

fish species catch size protection period
Trout with adipose fin At least 60 cm  In the Gulf of Finland protected throughout the year
Trout without adipose fin At least 50 cm No protection period in this permit area
Salmon South of the 63 30 N latitude at least 60 cm and north of the 63 30 N latitude at least 50 cm No protection period in this permit area
Pike-perch At least 42 cm No protection period
Grayling Fish of all sizes must be released Protected throughout the year

Based on the decision by local Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY), the catch size can be smaller or larger than the size mentioned in the table above. Please check the webpage (in Finnish) for catch sizes before you start fishing.