This is an archived release.
Increase in sea catch of salmon
The total catch of wild salmon and sea trout in Norwegian fjords amounted to 237 tonnes in 2015. This is 21 tonnes, or 10 per cent, more than in 2014.
|2015||2014 - 2015||2010 - 2015||2015|
|Catch, total||236 903||10||-12||58 125|
|Salmon, total||233 077||9||-11||56 237|
|Less than 3 kg||46 328||-36||-25||20 769|
|3-7 kg||138 377||50||21||29 934|
|over 7 kg||48 372||1||-43||5 534|
|Sea trout||3 826||22||-54||1 888|
The average weight of salmon was 4.1 kg in 2015, compared with 3.6 kg the year before. Twenty per cent of the salmon caught weighed less than 3 kg, 59 per cent was between 3 and 7 kg and 21 per cent was over 7 kg.
Decrease in Finnmark catch
Finnmark is the most important county for sea catches of salmon and sea trout, with a total catch of 90 tonnes in 2015. This is a decrease of 25 per cent compared with the year before, but nevertheless made up 38 per cent of the total catch of salmon in Norway. Sør-Trøndelag was the county with the biggest increase in 2015. A higher number of fishermen led to a catch of 38 tonnes of salmon; 31 tonnes more than the previous year.
Bigger catch of escaped farmed fish
In the coastal counties from Rogaland to Troms, fishing for escaped farmed fish is permitted. The time period for this type of fishing is between 5 August and 28 February.
Stormy weather in January 2015 led to escapes of salmon and rainbow trout from several farms in Hordaland. The total catch was nearly 67 tonnes; up 62 tonnes from the previous period. The average weight for salmon was 6.1 kg.