This is an archived release.
Further drop in sea catch of salmon
The total catch of wild salmon and sea trout in Norwegian fjords amounted to almost 195 tonnes in 2013. This is 64 tonnes, or 25 per cent, less than in 2012.
|2013||2012 - 2013||2008 - 2013||2013|
|Catch, total||194 612||-25||-50||42 905|
|Salmon, total||192 269||-25||-50||41 901|
|Less than 3 kg||26 460||-49||-59||11 815|
|3-7 kg||111 227||-6||-31||24 050|
|over 7 kg||54 582||-36||-65||6 036|
|Sea trout||2 343||-27||-62||1 004|
The catches decreased in all counties except Nord-Trøndelag and Nordland. Finnmark and Møre og Romsdal had the biggest drop.
The average weight of salmon was 4.6 kg in 2013, compared with 4.4 kg the year before. Fourteen per cent of the salmon caught weighed under 3 kg, 58 per cent between 3-7 kg and 28 per cent over 7 kg.
Decrease in Finnmark catch
Finnmark is the most important county for sea catches of salmon, with a total catch of 98 tonnes in 2013. This is a decrease of 18 per cent compared with the year before, but still made up 51 per cent of the total catch of salmon in Norway.
Smaller catch of escaped farmed fish
In the coastal counties from Rogaland to Troms it is permitted to fish for escaped farmed fish. The time period for this type of fishing is between 5 August and 28 February. The total catch in 2012/2013 was 7.0 tonnes, of which 6.9 tonnes were salmon and 0.1 tonnes were sea trout. This is 32 per cent less than the previous period. The average weight for salmon was 4.0 kg, and 2.4 kg for sea trout.