This is an archived release.
Drop in sea catch of salmon
The total catch of wild salmon and sea trout in the Norwegian fjords amounted to almost 260 tonnes in 2012. This is 48 tonnes, or 16 per cent, less than in 2011.
After a slight increase last year, the catches of salmon and sea trout were at a record low in 2012. The catches decreased in most counties, with the exception of Møre og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane and Aust-Agder. The Trøndelag counties had the biggest drop, with a decrease of 45 per cent from 2011 to 2012.
The average weight of salmon was 4.4 kg in 2012, compared with 4.3 kg the year before. Twenty per cent of the salmon caught weighed under 3 kg, 46 per cent between 3-7 kg and 33 per cent over 7 kg.
Decrease of the catch taken in Finnmark
Finnmark is the most important county for sea catches of salmon, with a total catch of 119 tonnes in 2012. This is a decrease of 2 per cent compared with the year before, but still made up 47 per cent of the total catch of salmon in Norway.
|Tonnes||1 000 pieces|
|Less than 3 kg||62||56||52||28||25||23|
|Over 7 kg||84||74||85||9||8||9|
|Sea trout/migratory char||8||4||3||4||2||1|
|Porsanger Porsángu Porsanki||7.1||7.7|
Increase in catch of escaped farmed fish
Fishing for escaped farmed fish is permitted in the coastal counties from Rogaland to Troms. The time period for this particular fishing is between 5 August and 28 February. The total catch in 2011/2012 was 10.4 tonnes, of which 10.2 tonnes were salmon and 0.2 tonnes were sea trout. This is almost 3 tonnes, or 39 per cent, more than the previous period. The average weight for salmon was 4.1 kg, and 2.7 kg for sea trout.