NASF Norway auction raises whopping £70,000!

Attendees included NASF chairman Orri Vigfússon along with 90 keen supporters of wild Atlantic salmon conservation. The gathering took place at the Astrup-Fearnley Museum of Modern Arts in Oslo, with venue and refreshments kindly sponsored by the museum and The Anders Wilhelmsen Group.

Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, the auction included a mouth-watering list of fishing opportunities, fishing equipment, clothing and works of art. The top bid of the evening went for 2 days fishing on the Alta which sold for NOK 150,000! This wonderful fishing was kindly donated by Alta Lakesfiskeri Interessentskap.

Mr Pål Klouman, leader of NASF Norway, in his speech emphasised that the 2009-season in Norway clearly showed that the situation for the wild Atlantic salmon is critical and that strong measures have to be taken in order to secure its survival. He also said that NASF is determined to fight for a continued reduction of all sea fisheries for salmon. Mr Klouman also highlighted the devastating bend net fishery still taking place in Finnmark, Norway’s most important wild Atlantic salmon region, which takes an unacceptable toll from the Finnmark, Russian and Finnish rivers. In NASF’s opinion, as a matter of urgency, the sea netters should be given a fair compensation for giving up their rights to these fisheries.

To visualize the importance of stopping the netting at sea Mr Klouman presented slides that illustrated how, that if it was stopped, the Government over a period of 10 years would get an increased income in the billion NOK-range. NASF Norway and Iceland have previously funded the project “Elvene Rundt Trondheimsfjorden” with approximately 2 million NOK and are once again prepared to support purchases of sea netting rights with hard cash. In a strongly worded final address, Orri Vigfússon criticized the Norwegians for their apparent lack of will and effort, in safeguarding their own fish and called for an immediate change of attitude before it was too late for Norwegian salmon.

The NASF Norway 2009 auction catalogue can be viewed here.