2021 was the worst salmon fishing year ever recorded in Norway

Salmon fishingPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

The national salmon fishing statistics show that a record low of 289 tonnes of salmon was fished in Norwegian rivers last year – the Norwegian Environment Agency is concerned.

The figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show that salmon fishing in Norwegian rivers hasn’t been as low since 1956, and at that time, only a third of the rivers which are included in river fishing statistics today was covered by the figures.

In 2021, 289 tonnes of salmon were caught in rivers, compared to an average of 427 tonnes in the previous five years.

If you add this to the figures for salmon fishing at sea, the end result is the worst salmon fishing year ever registered in Norway.


The decline comes after the Norwegian Environment Agency adopted new fishing regulations in 2021, which reduced the opportunities for fishing in both sea and river. 

“The large decline in catch can not only be explained by the revised fishing regulations or by poor fishing conditions. It is probably also due to the fact that fewer salmon than before have survived their stay in the sea and returned to the rivers. This worries us and shows that the reductions in fishing in 2021 have been necessary,” director Ellen Hambro in the Norwegian Environment Agency noted in a press release.

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