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River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char

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Key figures

27.0 %

decrease in slaughtered fish from 2017 to 2018

River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Preliminary figures
20182017 - 20182015 - 20182018
KiloChange, per centChange, per centNumber
Slaughtered fish
Total308 933-27.0-24.3114 706
Salmon, total271 089-28.1-23.176 923
Salmon, less tha 3 kg76 974-14.4-29.042 502
Salmon, 3-7 kg123 645-24.3-21.826 710
Salmon, 7 kg and over70 470-42.9-17.97 711
Sea trout and migratory char37 844-18.3-32.037 783
 
Caught and released fish
Total107 162-15.8-4.632 089
Salmon, total95 657-17.6-7.622 024
Salmon, less than 3 kg16 188-20.9-21.09 084
Salmon, 3-7 kg42 2722.60.58 833
Salmon, 7 kg and over37 197-31.6-9.14 107
Sea trout and migratory char11 5052.531.210 065

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Table 1 
River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Slaughtered fish

River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char. Slaughtered fish1
TonnesPer 1 000
201620172018201620172018
1Do not include fish let into the river again. Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total393423309143145115
 
Salmon, total343377271959977
Less than 3 kg809077495043
3 - 7 kg163163124353627
7 kg and over1011237011138
Sea trout and migratory char504638484638

Table 2 
River catch of slaughtered salmon, sea trout and migratory char

River catch of slaughtered salmon, sea trout and migratory char1
Catch, totalSalmon, by weight of fishSea trout and migratory char
TotalLess than 3 kg3 - 7 kg7 kg and over
Kg
1Preliminary figures. Do not include fish let into the river again.
2018
The whole country308 933271 08976 974123 64570 47037 844
Østfold365364651221771
Akershus og Oslo72259718834267125
Buskerud15 51815 2292 6727 0875 470289
Vestfold13 16013 0231 1777 5644 282137
Telemark7337242303811139
Aust-Agder70157124525472130
Vest-Agder17 08716 6126 3218 5141 777475
Rogaland31 26530 92110 16215 9064 853344
Hordaland5 2324 0438812 5196431 189
Sogn og Fjordane12 77111 3182 1545 8753 2891 453
Møre og Romsdal22 34120 4304 91111 9183 6011 911
Trøndelag, total (2018-)57 63854 8909 46727 54717 8762 748
Nordland19 34210 7024 5774 7031 4228 640
Troms Romsa29 17618 5125 4257 4845 60310 664
Finnmark Finnmárku82 88273 15328 49923 42921 2259 729

Table 3 
Catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char from selected rivers

Catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char from selected rivers1
KiloNumber
TotalSlaughtered fishCaught and released fishTotalSlaughtered fishCaught and released fish
1Preliminary figures.
2018
Drammenselva14 64014 2124283 1193 04871
Numedalslågen13 30113 1601412 6562 61442
Otra3 5173 3451721 2721 19478
Mandalselva11 7669 8811 8853 9393 281658
Bjerkreimselva7 1916 7014902 8822 645237
Ogna2 7392 671681 1221 08735
Håelva2 8732 779941 1611 12239
Figgjo2 7802 5841961 2301 13199
Etneelva81067313723917069
Lærdalselva2 5585112 047629119510
Bondalselva1 4121 41204054050
Drivavassdraget3 0652 767298828658170
Surna incl. Rinna4 8643 0621 8021 032615417
Stordalselva in Åfjord1 7591 731281 2281 20721
Orkla19 8087 12812 6804 2471 3972 850
Gaulavassdraget25 5259 36416 1615 4811 8103 671
Namsenvassdraget26 61623 6362 9807 4876 550937
Stjørdalsvassdraget12 7914 6598 1322 6901 0271 663
Årgårdsvassdraget2 2852 0022831 2531 085168
Vefsnavassdraget3 6669852 681944254690
Beiarvassdraget8 1072 3405 7672 2761 1031 173
Målselvvassdraget15 87015 1796915 7435 398345
Reisavassdraget (Nordreiselva)4 8592 4392 4201 5611 084477
Vestre Jakobselv9 7305 4954 2352 6581 6301 028
Altavassdraget11 7558 9882 7675 2984 848450
Repparfjordelva incl. Skaidijohka5 5214 7487732 4502 151299
Stabburselva Vesterbotn2 6621 755907866632234
Lakselva in Porsanger6 7884 3312 4571 5201 013507
Tana incl. tributaries (Norwegian part)30 60230 29131110 0219 855166
Neidenelva (Norwegian part)4 8694 0218481 6901 475215

Table 4 
Catch and release of salmon, sea trout and migratory char

Catch and release of salmon, sea trout and migratory char1
Catch, totalSalmon, by weight of fishSea trout and migratory char
TotalLess than 3 kg3 - 7 kg7 kg and over
Number
1Preliminary figures.
2018
The whole country32 08922 0249 0848 8334 10710 065
Østfold1231154245288
Akershus and Oslo28815354909135
Buskerud7774740273
Vestfold4230820212
Telemark000000
Aust-Agder177211182156
Vest-Agder1 3341 07473030341260
Rogaland1 470975489350136495
Hordaland9032759715820628
Sogn og Fjordane2 1951 270248610412925
Møre og Romsdal1 878861460319821 017
Trøndelag, total (2018-)10 3638 2572 6543 8081 7952 106
Nordland4 9313 2091 3071 2356671 722
Troms Romsa2 3221 0245232742271 298
Finnmark Finnmárku5 9864 6862 4541 5736591 300

About the statistics

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

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

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.

 

Standard classifications

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.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: River catch of salmon, sea trout and migratory char
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

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Responsible division

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Regional level

Figures for each river and county.

Frequency and timeliness

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

International reporting

The Norwegian Environment Agency forwards data to NASCO (North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization).

Microdata

Statistics Norway stores the data files. Register data and catch data are in Oracle tables. Final data files are stored on Linux.

Background

Background and purpose

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

Users and applications

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).

Equal treatment of users

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.

Coherence with other statistics

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

 

Legal authority

The Statistics Act §§2-2 and 3-2

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

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.

 

Data sources and sampling

Catch reports from the individual fisherman.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

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.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

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.

 

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

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.

 

Revision

Not relevant