Salmon fishermen get SMS help

12.06.2007 08:00 | pressrelease

Salmon fishermen on the Alta River can now receive information on water levels, rate of flow and temperature by SMS from Statkraft. The information will help to facilitate the planning of the fishing. Ever since regulation began in 1985, Statkraft has measured the river conditions regularly in order to find the best balance between power production and salmon fishing in one of Norway’s best salmon rivers.

”We are very pleased that modern technology enables us to make the measurements available to users of the Alta River,” says Bjarne Austrheim, Regional Director in Statkraft.

The measurements are taken on an ongoing basis by a metering station at Kista, which is one of several attractive fishing grounds on the Alta River. The results of the measurements are collected at Statkraft’s control centre in Korgen in Nordland, from where information on water levels, water temperatures and rate of flow are forwarded to interested fishermen.

To gain access to the measurements, the message STA must be sent to telephone number +47 48 03 61 89.

Record year in 2006

Despite the regulation, Alta River is one of Norway’s best salmon rivers.

“One of the licence conditions was that the river should continue to be an attractive salmon river after the regulation. We are therefore constantly working on new and improved measures in order to achieve the ambitions in collaboration with local interested parties and authorities," says Austrheim.

Alta River has become a showcase for how the regulation of power production can be carried out side by side with good salmon fishing. The overall result in the number of kilos of salmon fished shows that 2006 was one of the best years for salmon fishing since the regulating began in 1985. It was also shown last year that the Alta River still stands out with a high share of large salmon.

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