The humpback salmon has invaded East Finnmark: “It can’t be eradicated”

Humpback salmonPhoto: Henrik H. Berntsen / NINA / NTB

Humpback salmon have taken over several watercourses in East Finnmark. In many places, countless hours are being spent to get rid of the alien salmon species.

Nevertheless, some believe that it is already too late to remove the species, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

Biologist Rune Muladal believes that it is not certain that the attempts to eradicate the humpback salmon will have any effect.

“As long as there is humpback salmon in the Russian rivers, there will always be humpback salmon here. Now the reproduction of humpback salmon in the Norwegian rivers has become so high that it has established itself,” he said.

In Munkelva in Sør-Varanger, more than 8,500 humpback salmon have been caught so far this year, compared with 3–400 salmon in normal years. Leader Kenneth Stålsett in the fishing committee in Sør-Varanger hunters’ and fishermen’s association sees the situation as gloomy. 

“The humpback salmon can not be eradicated at all,” he said. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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