This is an archived release.
New record low sea catch of salmon
The total catch of wild salmon and sea trout in the Norwegian fjords amounted to 291 tonnes in 2009. This is 97 tonnes, or 25 per cent, less than in 2008.
As from 2008, the salmon fisheries with stationary gear in the sea have been strongly regulated. This resulted in record low catches last year, and a further reduction this year. The catches in the counties of Finnmark, Nord-Trøndelag and Rogaland decreased most.
The average weight of salmon was 4.6 kg in 2009, compared with 4.7 kg the year before. Seventeen per cent of the salmon caught weighed under 3 kg, 48 per cent between 3-7 kg and 35 per cent over 7 kg.
Half the catch taken in Finnmark
Finnmark is the most important county for sea catches of salmon, with a total catch of 135 tonnes in 2009. This amounted to 48 per cent of the total catch of salmon.
|Tonnes||Per 1 000|
|Less than 3 kg||56||65||48||25||28||21|
|Sea trout/migratory char||10||6||8||4||3||3|
|Porsanger Porsángu Porsanki||10.6||7.7|
21.5 tonnes escaped farmed fish
In the counties of Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Møre og Romsdal, Sør-Trøndelag, Nord-Trøndelag, Nordland and Troms it is permitted to fish for escaped farmed fish. The time period for this particular fishing is between 5 August and 28 February. The total catch in 2008/2009 was 21.5 tonnes, of which 21.2 tonnes were salmon and 0.3 tonnes were sea trout. The average weight for salmon was 3.7 kg, and 2.6 kg for sea trout.