Further increase in sea catch of salmon
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The statistics refer to salmon and sea trout caught using wedge-shaped seine and bend nets. The total catch of wild salmon and sea trout in Norwegian fjords amounted to 273 tonnes in 2016.

Sea catches of salmon and sea trout


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Key figures

15 %

increase in sea catches from 2015 to 2016

Sea catch of salmon and sea trout
KiloPer centNumber
20162015 - 20162011 - 20162016
Catch, total273 12015-1160 929
Salmon, total269 37016-1159 169
Less than 3 kg37 348-19-3316 704
3-7 kg158 65115-834 222
over 7 kg73 37252-18 243
Sea trout3 750-2-101 760

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Table 1 
Sea catch of salmon and sea trout, by weight of fish and county. Kg

Sea catch of salmon and sea trout, by weight of fish and county. Kg
Catch, totalSalmonMigratory char
TotalLess than 3 kg3-7 kgOver 7 kg
The whole country273 120269 37037 348158 65173 3723 750
Akershus and Oslo::::::
Vestfold1 6911 6611041 10645030
Vest-Agder16 19815 5241 99612 0441 484674
Rogaland11 31211 2122 3357 3181 559100
Sogn og Fjordane4 8494 8147503 34172236
Møre og Romsdal18 22318 1382 47711 9323 72985
Sør-Trøndelag19 33519 1793 15411 3934 633155
Nord-Trøndelag42 92741 6247 08021 18813 3561 303
Nordland4 9554 8431 0252 965853111
Troms - Romsa16 32716 0173 1247 7535 140310
Finnmark - Finnmárku134 812133 94815 19777 92340 828865

Table 2 
Sea catch of salmon and sea trout. Tonnes and 1 000 pieces

Sea catch of salmon and sea trout. Tonnes and 1 000 pieces
Tonnes1 000 pieces
Salmon, total213233269595659
Less than 3 kg734637322117
3-7 kg92138159213034
Over 7 kg484873568
Sea trout344122

Table 3 
Sea catch of escaped farmed fish. Catch, by weight of fish and county. Kg

Sea catch of escaped farmed fish. Catch, by weight of fish and county. Kg
Catch, totalSalmonSea trout
TotalLess than 3 kgSalmon 3-7 kgSalmon 7 kg or more
20144 7064 5811 1573 035389125
201566 84066 8262 24324 89739 68614
20168 5608 4752 6874 95883086
Hordaland5 9115 8461 9163 32460665
Sogn og Fjordane816816276471690
Møre og Romsdal::::::
Troms - Romsa4083951122513213

About the statistics

The statistics provides an overview of catches of wild salmon and sea trout taken with stationary fishing gear in Norwegian fjords.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

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

Weigh t: The weight is stated in kilos live weight.

Sea fishing in ordinary season : The period between 1 June and 4 August.

Specific fishing for escaped farmed fish : The period between 5 August and 28 February.


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: Sea catches of salmon and sea trout
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

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Responsible division

Division for Primary Industry Statistics

Regional level

Figures for each municipality, county and national figures.

Frequency and timeliness

Annual. Figures are published in November the same year as the fishing has taken place.

International reporting

The Norwegian Environment Agency forwards data to NASCO (North atlantic salmon conservation organization).


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


Background and purpose

The statistics represent a time series from 1876 and are a vital element in national and international monitoring and management work with anadromous salmonoids.

Users and applications

Catch statistics are an important source of information for nature management, the media, special interest organizations and other actors. Scientists use the statistics to evaluate changes in stocks and to compute the socio-economic importance of salmon fishing.

Norway is also obligated to report its 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 in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Figures on river fishing for salmon, sea trout and migratory char are presented on the Internet.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act §§2-1 and 3-2

EEA reference

Not relevant



The statistic refer to all catch by wegde-shaped seine and bend net of salmon and sea trout taken place within the limit of the 12 nautic miles fishing zone.

Includes catches for research purposes in ordinary season.

Sea fishing in ordinary season : Mainly wild fish, includes also some escaped farmed fish.

Specific fishing for escaped farmed fish: Mainly farmed fish, includes also some wild fish.



Data sources and sampling

Catch journals from the fishermen themselves.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The statistics of sea fishing is based on catch journals from the fishermen themselves and sent to Statistics Norway by the end of the fishing season. Sjøfangstregisteret enables Statistics Norway to send reminders to fishermen, asking for missing catch journals.

Statistics Norway transmits the data from catch journals to electronic format. Machine controls are in place to identify incorrect data entry. Logical errors and incorrect data are corrected on this basis.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Figures for municipalities with less than three fishermen are not available.

Comparability over time and space

As from 1989 drift net fishing is forbidden.

The statistics for sea fishing of salmon and sea trout was earlier based upon catch journals collected by the salmon fishery boards. As from 1993 the statistics are based upon catch journals mailed directly to Statistics Norway by the fishermen themselves.

As from 1997 Statistics Norway has collected data on specific fishing for escaped farmed fish along the coast from Rogaland to Troms.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The quality of the catch journals vary. To some extent rough estimates are used to replace erroneous or missing data.


Not relevant