And it was a UK rod who clinched the showpiece lot ‘after a hard battle’: a two-day salmon adventure fishing on the eyewateringly exclusive River Alta. The final price? 170,000 NOK, or about £18,000.
Fish&Fly reports: “On offer were many great fishing trips at home and abroad as well as some quality fishing tackle. The most desirable item was a two day salmon fishing adventure on the Alta, sold for NOK 170,000 to a British fisherman. The Board members of Reddvillaksen.no who give up their time freely (over 1,000 hours annually) to save wild salmon, are pleased and grateful to all donors and supporters for such generous donations and bids. Without these kindred spirits salmon would be in even greater peril. Money raised will also help launch a new in-river conservation project where Reddvillaksen.no will work closely with NJFF (Norway’s Hunting and Fishing Association), to improve spawning conditions, nursery areas and living conditions in streams and small rivers. NJFF will organize and implement the projects based on local initiatives by their members and Reddvillaksen.no will contribute to the project’s funding.
“Chairman Paul Klouman of Reddvillaksen.no began the evening by presenting the foundation’s new website www.reddvillaksen.no, which provides detailed information about the wild salmon and its challenges. Klouman also highlighted current issues before the auction started: A call for clear double-labelling of farmed fish Reddvillaksen.no, and together with Norwegian Salmon Rivers he initiated a broad cooperation with other organizations dedicated to wild salmon. The organizations have sent out a common requirement that all farmed fish must be “double-labeled” – both fat-fin cut and marked with origin. Escaped farmed fish are environmental hazards and it is vital that we can trace the source of this pollution to improve safe-guards at the offending fish-farms.
“Stopping Norway’s netting of Russia’s salmon in violation of international law was another priority. Klouman spoke of the scandal of sea salmon fishing with bend nets and other methods in Finnmark. About 20% of the annual run (16 tons) to Kola Peninsula rivers is caught by this fishery – for the spring run the share is even higher. This really must cease from next season. The same point was emphasized by Orri Vigfusson, the founder of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.
“In a cry to move toward closed containment fish farms Erik Sterud, Chief Advisor to the Norwegian Salmon Rivers Association, emphasized the need for the fish farming industry to move toward closed containment methods which are seeing increasing commercial use in Canada. Apparently, production costs for closed-containment farming are competitive against traditional net pens. If we add the fact that sea cage fish farms should pay for the costs of pollutin The 2011 Auction was a great success and thank you once again to everyone for their contributions and donations.g the coastal waters with biological waste, sea lice, virus and genetic challenges this must be the future solution of fish farming.”
So great news for the Atlantic salmon and especially those who love the beautiful country of Norway and the stunning fly-fishing water of its rivers. Best wishes as always to NASF and its Norwegian and international friends for a great fund-raising event and nearly a tenth of a million quid for a great cause.