The Wildlife Service Finland, Metsähallitus carry their responsibility for Finnish nature. It conduct expert wilderness supervision to ensure that Finland's natural resources are used sustainably and according to good practices. These wilderness supervision efforts are headed by Metsähallitus' game and fisheries wardens whose work entails the supervision of fishing, hunting, off-road traffic and other wilderness activities. They conduct their work in state-owned areas, which comprise roughly one third of Finland’s surface area.
Game and fisheries wardens are law enforcement officers whose rights are very similar to those of police officers. Supervision of fishing, hunting and off-road traffic is carried out in co-operation with other authorities and partners, such as the police and the Finnish Border Guard.
News about Wilderness Supervision
Hunters and fishers are expected to observe the new Outdoor etiquette in Metsähallitus fishing waters and hunting areas in the future. The Outdoor etiquette emphasises respect for the catch or game, nature, and other people enjoying nature. Approximately 200,000 hunting and fishing permits are purchased for state-owned areas each year.
For the first time, Metsähallitus wilderness supervision has monitored the results of its work in real time throughout the year. The new system reveals that 368 people violated the law while in nature, and 169 people were caught without necessary permits.
Next year’s fisheries management fee is now available in the Eräluvat web shop, app and service number +358 20 69 2424, in R-kioski convenience stores and nature centres. The Government decided on Thursday that the fisheries management fee for the entire year will be EUR 47.
The terms of purchase and cancellation for permits issued by Metsähallitus will be applied in a modified flexible manner for the time being due to the coronavirus epidemic. This situation is considered a force majeure as specified in our terms and conditions, which means that permits can be cancelled before the permit period begins.
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Roads constructed by Metsähallitus can be used by vehicles, but driving cross-country is prohibited without a special off-road traffic licence. It is for the driver to recognise the difference between a built road and a cross-country track.