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2020-01-24T08:00:00.000Z
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River catch

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Key figures

12.6 %

per cent increase in slaughtered fish from 2018 to 2019

River catch of salmon, sea trout, migratory char and rainbow trout. Preliminary figures
20192018 - 20192016 - 20192019
KiloChange, per centChange, per centNumber
1The catches of slaughtered rainbow trout and pink salmon in 2019 are included in the total catch.
Slaughtered fish
Total1348 11712.6-11.5131 258
Atlantic salmon, total291 2867.4-15.282 365
Less than 3 kg74 260-3.6-6.745 669
3-7 kg123 7530.0-24.026 818
7 kg and over93 27332.6-7.69 878
Sea trout and migratory char35 633-6.1-28.734 857
 
Caught and released fish
Total102 172-3.7-20.432 189
Atlantic salmon, total90 623-5.3-22.620 675
Less than 3 kg16 115-0.410.09 654
3-7 kg30 042-29.0-40.76 311
7 kg and over44 46619.6-14.34 710
Sea trout and migratory char11 54910.63.011 514

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

River catch of salmon, sea trout, and migratory char and rainbow trout. Slaughtered fish1
TonnesPer 1 000
201720182019201720182019
1Do not include fish let into the river again. As from 2019 rainbow trout and pink salmon are included. Latest year shows preliminary figures.
22019: Includes rainbow trout.
Total2423309348145115131
 
Atlantic salmon, total377271291997782
Less than 3 kg907774504346
3 - 7 kg163124124362727
7 kg and over123709313810
Sea trout and migratoty char463836463835
Pink salmon00210014

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

River catch of slaughtered salmon, sea trout, migratory char and rainbow trout.1
Catch, totalAtlantic salmon, by weight of fishSea trout and migratory charRainbow troutPink salmon
TotalLess than 3 kg3 - 7 kg7 kg and over
Kilo
1Preliminary figures. Do not include fish let into the river again.
2019
The whole country348 117291 28674 260123 75393 27335 63310321 095
Østfold40639846124228503
Akershus og Oslo1871596575192800
Buskerud11 77411 3153595 5415 41545900
Vestfold20 35420 1091 70111 6996 70923744
Telemark1 9421 9283671 2523091400
Aust-Agder855772418310448120
Vest-Agder20 27819 3475 65711 3452 34591579
Rogaland43 43142 81910 54823 0149 2575841810
Hordaland7 1285 3581 6342 7489761 7371419
Sogn og Fjordane14 56213 0212 3066 3854 3301 518419
Møre og Romsdal21 55719 6906 4638 2974 9301 789474
Trøndelag, total (2018-)62 70859 74012 82320 17326 7442 888872
Nordland16 6859 3513 6453 7941 9127 03025279
Troms Romsa26 73815 8103 2056 2606 3459 94911968
Finnmark Finnmárku99 51271 46925 02322 73623 7108 399619 638

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

Catch of salmon, sea trout, migratory char and rainbow trout from selected rivers1
KiloNumber
TotalSlaughtered fishCaught and released fishTotalSlaughtered fishCaught and released fish
1Preliminary figures.
2019
Drammenselva10 58210 58201 7061 7060
Numedalslågen20 71220 3543584 4884 380108
Otra4 1774 0481291 6861 59591
Mandalselva8 4567 5608963 2122 801411
Bjerkreimselva8 6358 1275083 7003 371329
Ogna3 9153 7481671 6051 53471
Håelva4 4224 2401821 7991 75148
Figgjo4 8004 5642361 8841 779105
Etneelva1 4881 179309486311175
Lærdalselva2 3554611 894596114482
Bondalselva1 2451 24503843840
Drivavassdraget2 9642 612352835625210
Surna incl. Rinna5 2613 1612 1001 546717829
Stordalselva in Åfjord1 4091 3684192990920
Orkla18 7388 17210 5663 7451 4812 264
Gaulavassdraget20 9918 66212 3293 8741 3452 529
Namsenvassdraget27 86826 6391 2298 8608 117743
Stjørdalsvassdraget9 8466 2583 5882 3351 1721 163
Årgårdsvassdraget2 5622 4021601 9071 731176
Vefsnavassdraget9 8222 1717 6512 2715111 760
Beiarvassdraget10 0812 2037 8782 3379051 432
Målselvvassdraget13 26712 6935744 5914 307284
Reisavassdraget (Nordreiselva)4 8112 4642 3471 347998349
Vestre Jakobselv7 4385 3802 0582 8672 268599
Altavassdraget15 46211 3324 1305 3394 688651
Repparfjordelva incl. Skaidijohka7 7546 7351 0192 9012 588313
Stabburselva Vesterbotn3 0462 074972781572209
Lakselva in Porsanger6 1233 4362 6871 365862503
Tana incl. tributaries (Norwegian part)26 24525 9822637 8857 728157
Neidenelva (Norwegian part)5 5244 8436812 2061 983223

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

Catch and release of salmon, sea trout and migratory char1
Catch, totalAtlantic salmon, by weight of fishSea trout and migratory char
TotalLess than 3 kg3 - 7 kg7 kg and over
Number
1Preliminary figures.
2019
The whole country32 18920 6759 6546 3114 71011 514
Østfold194184216210110
Akershus and Oslo8934249155
Buskerud48320145
Vestfold1086624261642
Telemark111000
Aust-Agder105463214059
Vest-Agder1 42076653318548654
Rogaland1 8841 021468356197863
Hordaland1 600546368138401 054
Sogn og Fjordane2 5951 5565294675601 039
Møre og Romsdal2 5511 6001 082401117951
Trøndelag, total (2018-)8 0175 8212 6081 5481 6652 196
Nordland6 0553 7781 1691 6889212 277
Troms Romsa1 8927072721762591 185
Finnmark Finnmárku5 6304 5462 5211 2417841 084

About the statistics

The statistics provides an overview of 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
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