Image: Firda / Fiskeridirektoratet / FIS
Escape Supervision of rainbow trout breeders in Nordhordland
Monday, November 20, 2023, 01:00 (GMT + 9)
An inspection is carried out by Firda Sjøfarmer after the escape in the Fensfjorden. The company has set up a reception with a bounty system.
From Sunday 12 November and throughout the week, the Directorate of Fisheries received several tips about catches of rainbow trout in the Fensfjorden area.
"We therefore established a dialogue with companies that had fish of the relevant size in the area, and asked for documentation on net inspection", says senior adviser in the Directorate of Fisheries, Monika Haugland.
Firda Sjøfarmer reported the discovery of a larger hole in a seine.
"The company has had recapture nets outside the site last night, and has received approx. 70 rainbow trout in these", says Haugland.
"We have now, in consultation with the State Administrator, ordered the company to fish in an extended area between Mjømna, Mongstad and Haugsdalsosen in the Fensfjorden", says Haugland.
The Directorate of Fisheries plans to go out for inspections at the beginning of this week.
Escape supervision involves, among other things, both a physical visit to the location, a review of routines to prevent and detect escapes and a review of notification routines and the company's own risk assessments.
"The aim of such an inspection is to uncover the reason for the escape", says Haugland.
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has also established a supervisory case, in line with current routines in such cases.
<-- Escaped rainbow trout in Nordhordland. Source: Fiskeridirektoratet
"The Directorate of Fisheries follows up over 100 cases of escapes or suspected escapes every year and has a lot of experience and good routines around this", says Haugland.
Created reception and promises bounty
Firda Sjøfarmer has set up a reception at Grimevegen 391. The public who wish to hand in their catch of rainbow trout in the area must contact them in advance on telephone 997 45 747.
"The public can hand in catches of rainbow trout there, the company will pay a bounty of NOK 100 per re-caught fish that is handed in", says Monika Haugland.
Current fishing regulations in the area must be followed.
"We want the public to tip off the Directorate of Fisheries about catches of rainbow trout in the area. We use that information, among other things, to map the spread of the fish", says Haugland.
It is the breeder who is responsible for registering how many fish have escaped:
"This is normally done after a count of the fish in the cage has been carried out, either using a well boat or when the cage is slaughtered", says Haugland.
Source: Directorate of Fisheries (Translated from the original in Norwegian)