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River catch

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Key figures

41 821

salmon fishes caught and released in 2020

River catch of salmon, sea trout, migratory char, rainbow trout and pink salmon. Preliminary figures
20202019 - 20202017 - 20202020
KiloChange, per centChange, per centNumber
1The catches of slaughtered rainbow trout and pink salmon in 2020 are included in the total catch.
Slaughtered fish
Total1353 5970.6-16.4133 622
Atlantic salmon, total312 4756.5-17.194 414
Less than 3 kg95 01025.15.657 076
3-7 kg123 761-0.3-24.327 193
7 kg and over93 7040.4-24.110 145
Sea trout and migratory char40 91611.2-11.639 064
 
Caught and released fish
Total127 59120.80.241 821
Atlantic salmon, total114 65322.8-1.228 753
Less than 3 kg25 25455.523.314 797
3-7 kg40 92129.9-0.78 734
7 kg and over48 4786.2-10.95 222
Sea trout and migratory char12 9385.615.313 068

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

River catch of salmon, sea trout, migratory char, rainbow trout and pink salmon. Slaughtered fish1
TonnesPer 1 000
201820192020201820192020
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.
Total2309351354115133134
 
Atlantic salmon, total271293312778394
Less than 3 kg777695434657
3 - 7 kg124124124272727
7 kg and over70939481010
Sea trout and migratoty char383741383639
Pink salmon02100140

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

River catch of slaughtered salmon, sea trout, migratory char, rainbow trout and pink salmon.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.
2020
The whole country353 597312 47595 010123 76193 70440 91613670
Oslo og Viken14 31713 1912 0104 3076 8741 12600
Vestfold og Telemark19 08918 9453 18810 5305 22714400
Agder24 06123 1059 37411 3012 43094970
Rogaland42 98742 42914 65219 2848 49355143
Vestland25 64321 7754 93912 7794 0573 771961
Møre og Romsdal30 25127 3688 06715 3083 9932 88030
Trøndelag - Trööndelage72 86369 78317 01425 22827 5413 07163
Nordland22 30313 6807 1934 3282 1598 609104
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku102 08382 19928 57320 69632 93019 8151059

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

Catch of salmon, sea trout, migratory char, rainbow trout and pink salmon from selected rivers1
KiloNumber
TotalSlaughtered fishCaught and released fishTotalSlaughtered fishCaught and released fish
1Preliminary figures.
2020
Drammenselva11 20811 20802 1942 1940
Numedalslågen17 90317 5713324 2874 177110
Otra4 8594 7031561 6791 58891
Mandalselva9 2718 2939783 7443 279465
Bjerkreimselva8 7628 0756874 1373 755382
Ogna2 8402 769711 2991 26138
Håelva4 9904 6813092 0781 956122
Figgjo3 7113 4882231 6131 458155
Etneelva2 7092 019690974617357
Lærdalselva4 3511 0773 2741 062228834
Bondalselva2 3752 37508178170
Drivavassdraget3 1302 612518943739204
Surna incl. Rinna6 7124 7261 9861 7711 020751
Stordalselva in Åfjord1 4671 4541364463113
Orkla28 52711 25117 2766 8192 4264 393
Gaulavassdraget29 95211 52518 4276 6882 2274 461
Namsenvassdraget28 80727 9448639 5289 023505
Stjørdalsvassdraget12 8738 2584 6153 1971 7091 488
Årgårdsvassdraget1 8681 6801881 1961 051145
Vefsnavassdraget9 4202 0717 3492 2504951 755
Beiarvassdraget7 7862 5415 2451 934965969
Målselvvassdraget15 85014 9399115 1614 809352
Reisavassdraget (Nordreiselva)5 6252 4393 1861 5191 008511
Vestre Jakobselv6 8024 4872 3153 0212 082939
Altavassdraget17 07813 2903 7887 3446 2841 060
Repparfjordelva incl. Skaidijohka5 8485 0018472 0821 841241
Stabburselva Vesterbotn2 5161 877639556425131
Lakselva in Porsanger7 1804 6762 5041 472999473
Tana incl. tributaries (Norwegian part)19 90219 4844185 5265 284242
Neidenelva (Norwegian part)2 9122 3845281 115909206

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.
2020
The whole country41 82128 75314 7978 7345 22213 068
Oslo og Viken362292631705970
Vestfold og Telemark110854235825
Agder1 7211 15594119222566
Rogaland2 1051 335812323200770
Vestland5 8783 0908351 6705852 788
Møre og Romsdal3 2061 9037858952231 303
Trøndelag - Trööndelage12 20510 3145 4072 9361 9711 891
Nordland7 7234 9122 3661 4811 0652 811
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku8 5115 6673 5461 0321 0892 844

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

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