THE WILD SALMONS OWN CENTER
Photo: Cecilie Christine Hunt
The wild salmon is an important part of our history and culture
Petroglyphs, thousands of years old -from the stone age, shows that our forefathers caught and ate salmon. Today, more than 100 000 dedicated people are fishing for salmon in our small and big salmon rivers.
Less wild salmon than earlier
The salmon rivers of Norway are some of the most important growing up and spawning areas in the world for the Atlantic salmon. The human made dangers you can learn about in our centre are the reasons to smaller salmon stocks than before.
What is being done to save the wild salmon?
In many rivers the salmon parasite “gyro” has been removed by a rotenon treatment. Authorities and salmon farmers are working on solutions to prevent escape from the salmon cages.
Many people are concerned with taking care of the wild salmon both in Norway and other countries. In Norway three great organisations* represents the fishermen, river owners and our nature.
Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management and the fish management in the municipalities of Norway are working hard to keep the salmon in our rivers. Salmon scientists follow closely and are studying the conditions for the salmon.
What can you do?
Everybody can join in in saving the wild salmon. In many rivers you can get a discount on fishing cards for kids and youth. The money from the fishing cards are dedicated to taking care of the wild salmon.
*Norges Jeger og Fiskeforbund, Norske Lakseelver og Norges Naturvernforbund