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Decrease in river catch of salmon
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2017-01-27T08:00:00.000Z
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The statistics refer to salmon, sea trout and migratory char caught in Norwegian rivers. In 2016, 180 300 fish were caught, of which 79 per cent were slaughtered and 21 per cent were caught and released.

River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char

Final figures will be published about two months later.

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Key figures

3.7 %

decrease in slaughtered fish from 2015 to 2016

River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Preliminary figures
20162015 - 20162013 - 20162016
KiloChange, per centChange, per centNumber
Slaughtered fish
Total392 934-3.717.5143 305
Salmon, total343 019-2.720.894 874
Salmon, less tha 3 kg79 640-26.6-12.348 766
Salmon, 3-7 kg162 7662.939.834 945
Salmon, 7 kg and over100 61317.231.111 163
Sea trout and migratory char49 915-10.3-0.848 431
 
Caught and released fish
Total128 38014.380.936 954
Salmon, total117 17413.289.425 206
Salmon, less than 3 kg14 668-28.417.49 186
Salmon, 3-7 kg50 63620.3129.710 368
Salmon, 7 kg and over51 87026.789.75 652
Sea trout and migratory char11 20627.823.211 748

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Table 1 
River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Slaughtered fish

River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Slaughtered fish1
TonnesPer 1 000
201420152016201420152016
1Do not include fish let into the river again. Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total321408393130163143
 
Salmon, total2773523438710895
Less than 3 kg9810880536449
3 - 7 kg111158163263435
7 kg and over688610171011
Sea trout and migratory char455650445548

Table 2 
River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Slaughtred fish. Preliminary figures. Kg

River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Slaughtred fish. Preliminary figures. Kg1
Catch, totalSalmon, by weight of fishSea trout and migratory char
TotalLess than 3 kg3 - 7 kg7 kg and over
1Do not include fish let into the river again.
2016
The whole country392 934343 01979 640162 766100 61349 915
Østfold8438304337840913
Akershus og Oslo4612121227218249
Buskerud9 7898 7188953 1874 6361 071
Vestfold21 42521 1691 95612 0917 122256
Telemark7127012474015311
Aust-Agder259242951311617
Vest-Agder18 16117 1275 52510 0681 5341 034
Rogaland43 13342 50210 65723 7518 094631
Hordaland11 61510 0061 7706 6851 5511 609
Sogn og Fjordane22 15820 5083 37611 8195 3131 650
Møre og Romsdal35 90232 9597 55520 0475 3572 943
Sør-Trøndelag25 32124 6952 60110 80011 294626
Nord-Trøndelag36 87634 2437 45613 61413 1732 633
Nordland18 99810 2055 0504 1121 0438 793
Troms Romsa38 17020 6125 1288 6176 86717 558
Finnmark Finnmárku109 11198 29027 16436 99334 13310 821

Table 3 
River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Catch from selected rivers. Preliminary figures

River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Catch from selected rivers. Preliminary figures
KiloNumber
TotalSlaughtered fishCaught and released fishTotalSlaughtered fishCaught and released fish
2016
Drammenselva7 9397 93901 3581 3580
Numedalslågen22 22321 4257984 8444 641203
Otra2 9982 8201781 1461 06284
Mandalselva7 4206 6987222 8422 462380
Bjerkreimselva7 6917 1195723 5723 231341
Ogna3 2543 0921621 4781 40375
Håelva3 4383 403351 2341 22311
Figgjo4 2924 1251671 6661 57096
Etneelva3 8373 1207171 044755289
Lærdalselva9 4051 9217 4841 4413061 135
Bondalselva2 0802 08007317310
Drivavassdraget5 0314 7402911 2631 154109
Surna incl. Rinna8 5795 2133 3662 0101 281729
Stordalselva in Åfjord1 1705446261 270504766
Orkla19 7456 72613 0193 7771 2682 509
Gaulavassdraget27 43512 44314 9924 7301 9752 755
Namsenvassdraget24 20022 9691 2317 9667 409557
Stjørdalsvassdraget11 0116 5884 4232 2341 1871 047
Årgårdsvassdraget2 1742 0321421 6011 461140
Vefsnavassdraget000000
Beiarvassdraget11 1932 0949 0992 9571 1881 769
Målselvvassdraget18 49017 2021 2887 0226 607415
Reisavassdraget (Nordreiselva)5 6033 0322 5712 1021 528574
Vestre Jakobselv11 1196 3904 7293 4532 2021 251
Altavassdraget19 68315 1434 5407 6616 687974
Repparfjordelva incl. Skaidijohka6 8175 8299882 5812 261320
Stabburselva Vesterbotn3 4422 852590958776182
Lakselva in Porsanger9 6856 2453 4401 8971 332565
Tana incl. tributaries (Norwegian part)38 56337 9376269 9339 675258
Neidenelva (Norwegian part)5 4674 8206472 0001 812188

Table 4 
River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Number of fish caught and released. Preliminary figures

River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Number of fish caught and released. Preliminary figures
Catch, totalSalmon, by weight of fishSea trout and migratory char
TotalLess than 3 kg3 - 7 kg7 kg and over
2016
The whole country36 95425 2069 18610 3685 65211 748
Østfold907516382115
Akershus and Oslo23410820224
Buskerud870431
Vestfold20317057783533
Telemark422002
Aust-Agder13105413
Vest-Agder1 20578561514129420
Rogaland1 7831 203692369142580
Hordaland1 64879329539999855
Sogn og Fjordane4 5223 7385612 0811 096784
Møre og Romsdal2 2051 1223906041281 083
Sør-Trøndelag6 7565 3931 6512 0681 6741 363
Nord-Trøndelag2 2631 431677463291832
Nordland4 9643 2609101 4978531 704
Troms Romsa3 4711 2435543703192 228
Finnmark Finnmárku7 5855 9642 7532 2509611 621

About the statistics

The statistics provides an overview of Norwegian river catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char, whether the fish are slaughtered or caught and released.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Anadromous : Term referring to animals that regularly migrate from the ocean up the rivers to spawn.

Weight : The weight is stated in kilos live weight.

 

Standard classifications

Before 1993 salmon were broken down into two groups: salmon under 3 kilos and salmon 3 kilos or more. Since 1993 salmon are divided into the following groups: under 3 kilos, between 3 and 6.9 kilos and 7 kilos and over.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

Next release

Responsible division

Division for Primary Industry Statistics

Regional level

Figures for each river and county.

Frequency and timeliness

Annual. Figures are published in January the year after the fishing has taken place.

International reporting

The Norwegian Environment Agency forwards data to NASCO (North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization).

Microdata

Statistics Norway stores the data files. Register data and catch data are in Oracle tables. Final data files are stored on Linux.

Background

Background and purpose

The statistics cover a time series from 1876 and are vital elements in national and international monitoring and management work related to anadromous salmonoids.

Users and applications

Catch statistics are an important source of information for nature management, the media and various organizations and groups. Scientists use the statistics to evaluate changes in stocks and to estimate the socio-economic importance of salmon fishing.

Norway is also obligated to report annual catch statistics to NASCO (North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization).

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. Read more about principles for equal treatement of all users on ssb.no.

Coherence with other statistics

Figures on sea catches of salmon and sea trout are presented on the Internet.

The number of persons who have paid the national fishing licence fee allowing them to fish salmon, sea trout or sea char by rod or handline in rivers and lakes in the previous years (Source: The Norwegian Directorate of Nature Management):

2008: 75 000

2009: 75 300

2010: 68 000

2011: 69 900

 

Legal authority

The Statistics Act §§2-2 and 3-2

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

The statistics include catches of salmon, sea trout and migratory char taken by fishing rod in rivers. As from 2009 data on river catch and release are available.

 

Data sources and sampling

Catch reports from the individual fisherman.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Catch reports from the individual fisherman are collected by landowners, who send a summary catch report to the County Governor or enter data in the Salmon register - river catch reporting . The County Governor are responsible for reporting complete figures for each river in the Salmon register. Statistics Norway downloads a complete file from the Salmon register from a website.

Data is transferred to an editing system and computerized controls are applied. If necessary, the county governors are contacted to assess the data.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

The collection of data was reorganized in 1993. Previously, fishery boards collected data and sent reports from each salmon district and river to Statistics Norway. An own salmon tax resulted in that the reported figures could be unreliable. In 1993, the county governors started submitting reports, and after that there is reason to belive that the data quality has become better and better.

The number of rivers with reported catch has increased over time. From the begginning in the 1870s only 54 rivers were included. In the 1960s the number of rivers with reported catch had incresed to 170. In the last few years 350 rivers were included in the statistics.

In 1989, 15 per cent of the rivers were closed by different reasons. In 2011, 25 per cent of the rivers were closed. In additon, the last few years quotas from one to three fishes per person in a 24-hour period is introduced.

Over time there has been regulations that has influenced on the statistics. As from 1980, fishing gear as salmon trap and fish net was forbidden in most rivers except Numedalslågen and the county of Finnmark. The average fishing period for salmon fishing by fishing rods or handline is reduced from 200 days in 1850 to 75 days in 2010.

 

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Missing or delayed catch reports from fishermen and landowners can be a problem for the river catch statistics. Statistics are also lacking from some small river systems where fishing is poorly organized. Consequently, the statistics are not totally complete.

In 2009 data on river catch and release are collected for the first time, and the quality of the data may be uncertain.

 

Revision

Not relevant

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