River catch

Updated: 28 January 2021

Next update: 28 January 2022

Salmon fishes caught and released
Salmon fishes caught and released
2020
41 820

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

River catch of slaughtered salmon, sea trout, migratory char, rainbow trout and pink salmon
River catch of slaughtered salmon, sea trout, migratory char, rainbow trout and pink salmon1
Catch, totalAtlantic salmon, by weight of fishSea trout and migratory charRainbow troutPink salmon
TotalLess than 3 kg3 - 7 kg7 kg and over
Kilo
2020
The whole country354 106312 82095 172123 92993 71941 08313271
Oslo og Viken14 31713 1912 0104 3076 8741 12600
Vestfold og Telemark19 08918 9453 18810 5305 22714400
Agder24 06123 1059 37411 3012 43094970
Rogaland42 98742 42914 65219 2848 49355143
Vestland25 64321 7754 93912 7794 0573 771961
Møre og Romsdal30 25127 3688 06715 3083 9932 88030
Trøndelag - Trööndelage72 87469 79417 02525 22827 5413 07163
Nordland22 44213 6837 1964 3282 1598 74964
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku102 44282 53028 72120 86432 94519 8421060
1Do not include fish let into the river again.
Explanation of symbols
Catch of salmon, sea trout, migratory char, rainbow trout and pink salmon from selected rivers
Catch of salmon, sea trout, migratory char, rainbow trout and pink salmon from selected rivers
KiloNumber
TotalSlaughtered fishCaught and released fishTotalSlaughtered fishCaught and released fish
2020
Drammenselva11 20811 20802 1942 1940
Numedalslågen17 90317 5713324 2874 177110
Otra4 8594 7031561 6791 58891
Mandalselva9 2718 2939783 7443 279465
Bjerkreimselva8 7628 0756874 1373 755382
Ogna2 8402 769711 2991 26138
Håelva4 9904 6813092 0781 956122
Figgjo3 7113 4882231 6131 458155
Etneelva2 7092 019690974617357
Lærdalselva4 3511 0773 2741 062228834
Bondalselva2 3752 37508178170
Drivavassdraget3 1302 612518943739204
Surna incl. Rinna6 7124 7261 9861 7711 020751
Stordalselva in Åfjord1 4671 4541364463113
Orkla28 52711 25117 2766 8192 4264 393
Gaulavassdraget29 95211 52518 4276 6882 2274 461
Namsenvassdraget28 80727 9448639 5289 023505
Stjørdalsvassdraget12 8738 2584 6153 1971 7091 488
Årgårdsvassdraget1 8681 6801881 1961 051145
Vefsnavassdraget9 4202 0717 3492 2504951 755
Beiarvassdraget7 7862 5415 2451 934965969
Målselvvassdraget15 85014 9399115 1614 809352
Reisavassdraget (Nordreiselva)5 6252 4393 1861 5191 008511
Vestre Jakobselv6 8024 4872 3153 0212 082939
Altavassdraget17 07813 2903 7887 3446 2841 060
Repparfjordelva incl. Skaidijohka5 8485 0018472 0821 841241
Stabburselva Vesterbotn2 5161 877639556425131
Lakselva in Porsanger7 1804 6762 5041 472999473
Tana incl. tributaries (Norwegian part)19 90219 4844185 5265 284242
Neidenelva (Norwegian part)2 9122 3845281 115909206
Explanation of symbols
Catch and release of salmon, sea trout and migratory char
Catch and release of salmon, sea trout and migratory char1
Catch, totalAtlantic salmon, by weight of fishSea trout and migratory char
TotalLess than 3 kg3 - 7 kg7 kg and over
Number
2020
The whole country41 82028 75214 7968 7345 22213 068
Oslo og Viken362292631705970
Vestfold og Telemark110854235825
Agder1 7211 15594119222566
Rogaland2 1051 335812323200770
Vestland5 8783 0908351 6705852 788
Møre og Romsdal3 2051 9027848952231 303
Trøndelag - Trööndelage12 20510 3145 4072 9361 9711 891
Nordland7 7234 9122 3661 4811 0652 811
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku8 5115 6673 5461 0321 0892 844
1Do not include slaughtered fish.
Explanation of symbols

About the statistics

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

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.

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.

Name: River catch

Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

28 January 2022

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Figures for each river and county.

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

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 Linux.

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

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).

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.

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

The Statistics Act §§2-2 and 3-2

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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.

Catch reports from the individual fisherman.

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.

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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.

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.

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