Attendees included NASF chairman Orri Vigfússon, guests from Northern Ireland, Germany and Sweden along with 130 keen supporters of wild Atlantic salmon conservation. The gathering took place at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, with venue and refreshments kindly sponsored by the museum and the AWilhelmsen Group.

Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, the auction included a mouth watering list of fishing opportunities within different ranges of costs, fishing equipment, clothing and works of art. The top bid of the evening was for 2 days fishing on the Alta at Brattstrommen and Langstilla Pools which sold for NOK 150,000! This wonderful fishing was kindly donated by Alta Laksefiskeri IS.

In the auction catalogue NASF Norway strongly emphasized that the situation for the Norwegian atlantic salmon is critical, even if some rivers have delivered strong results for 2010. Strong measures have to be taken in order to secure survival and improvements of our wild salmon stocks. NASF Norway is determined to continue our fight for a continued reduction of all net fishing for salmon. The threat from fish farming increases according to growth in production volume. We have to accept that the fish farming industry is here to stay. What we cannot accept is their methods of operation and production. In numerous regions sea lice is a major problem for the salmon smolt and the sea trout which in some areas now is completely wiped out. Biological waste creates vast pollution in numerous fjords and other production areas. Threats from escaped fish and fish deceases are other major issues which have to be solved.

Mr Klouman, leader of NASF Norway pinpointed some important issues in his welcome words:

  • The public is starting to understand the pressure that is put on the wild salmon – politicians from every party have acknowledged the problems
  • Still lack of action and measures
  • Important to keep up the pressure against opinion and decision makers – talk – write – emails – a continuous process
  • Keep on hammering on how insane it is to kill thousands and thousands of fish in sea nets. Extremely valuable fish having survived all dangers for 4-10 years are killed just weeks before spawning.

Even if Norway still is far behind C&R numbers in overseas and some Scottish rivers, a steadily increasing number of Norwegians are seeing the necessity of putting fish back and to limit their catches. Some of the big rivers rivers are now up to 35% C&R, smaller rivers up to 80%.

NASF is cooperating with Norske Lakseelver, the Norwegian salmon river owners association. NASF has entered into a sponsorship agreement with them, covering 50% of the costs for of a position dedicated to work for improving sustainability of fish farming for a period of three years. Furthermore, this person will work on documenting opportunities for economic growth in local communities generated by salmon fishing.

The auction committee would like to express its gracefulness to all donors and supporters enabling us to continue our efforts and fight for the wild Atlantic salmon.

Contact person: Mr. Pål Klouman, The NASF Norway 2010 auction catalogue can be viewed here: