This is an archived release.
Slight decrease in river catch of salmon
In 2014, 162 000 salmon, sea trout and migratory char were caught in Norwegian rivers, which is 4 per cent fewer than in 2013. Of these, 80 per cent were slaughtered and 20 per cent were caught and released.
|2014||2013 - 2014||2011 - 2014||2014|
|Kilo||Change, per cent||Change, per cent||Number|
|Total||321 350||-3.9||-27.8||130 272|
|Salmon, total||276 812||-2.5||-29.7||86 539|
|Salmon, less tha 3 kg||98 257||8.1||17.0||53 277|
|Salmon, 3-7 kg||110 523||-5.1||-45.3||25 980|
|Salmon, 7 kg and over||68 032||-11.4||-37.0||7 282|
|Sea trout and migratory char||44 538||-11.5||-13.3||43 733|
|Caught and released fish|
|Total||90 792||27.9||33.7||31 629|
|Salmon, total||78 973||27.6||27.4||20 229|
|Salmon, less than 3 kg||17 589||40.8||84.8||9 884|
|Salmon, 3-7 kg||31 757||44.1||11.0||7 252|
|Salmon, 7 kg and over||29 627||8.4||24.2||3 093|
|Sea trout and migratory char||11 819||30.0||98.4||11 400|
The slaughtered catch amounted to 321 tonnes, consisting of 277 tonnes of salmon and 45 tonnes of sea trout and migratory char. Compared with 2013, the decrease was 3 per cent for salmon and 11 per cent for the two other species.
The average weight of salmon caught, but not released, was 3.2 kg in 2014, compared with 3.1 kg in 2013. Sixty-two per cent of the salmon fish weighed less than 3 kg, 30 per cent between 3 and 7 kg and 8 per cent above 7 kg.
Tana still on top
Tana and its tributaries was the most important river system in 2014 in terms of fish caught, with a total catch of 47.7 tonnes. This is 8.9 tonnes more than in 2013. Next in line were Namsenvassdraget and Gaulavassdraget. The ranking of the rivers is based on the total catch, including catch and release.
20 per cent caught and released
In 2014, 20 200 salmon and 11 400 sea trout and migratory char were caught and released into the river again. Orkla and Gaula were the most important rivers, with catch and release of 2 800 and 2 500 fish respectively.
Finnmark was the county where most fish were released into the rivers again; in total 5 600 salmon and 1 600 sea trout and migratory char. Next in line were Sør-Trøndelag and Nordland.
The average weight for catch and release salmon was 3.9 kg, and for sea trout and migratory char 1.0 kg.