Wild salmon lures huge payment

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A British fishing enthusiast was willing to pay NOK 170,000 (around USD 31,000) for the right to go flyfishing for wild salmon at Brattstrømmen in the Alta River, northern Norway, next summer.

Aftenposten.no reported that an auction arranged by a group seeking to save wild salmon brought in the high bid that amounts to NOK 4,700 per hour of fishing, because the river is protected and closed for fishing six hours every day.

The successful bidder will also have to cover the costs of travel and accommodation because that wasn’t included in the auction offer from the group, Stiftelsen Nordatlantisk Villaksfond Norge, which cooperates with the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF). Nor is it guaranteed that the fishing enthusiast will be taking wild salmon home to Great Britain, since all of those fishing are encouraged to release all salmon they catch.

The group behind the auction, which lobbies politicians and others to ease the threats against wild salmon, also sold five days of fishing in the Bolstad River (Bolstadelva) near Voss, for NOK 42,000. They raised NOK 800,000, reported Aftenposten.

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