2012 > 03

A passion for change

It is now expected that the declines of salmon and sea trout in the Mörrumsån will continue well into 2016. Even if the river managers and Karlshamn commune decide to finally implement counter measures to combat the ever increasing declines. We can hope that the neglect, inactivity and "mind set" will change. As the negativity for the concept of change will have dire consequences for the river well past the year 2016. Without change, the situation will only get worse while good people stand idly by and do nothing. All of which is preventable, if the fundamental changes take place now without further delay.

There are now, proactive people, NGO's and the EU commission of fisheries, who are now attempting to implement counter measures to prevent the declines to the Baltic salmon and sea trout from getting any worse. However, even when the Swedish board of fisheries (HAV) advocate legislation for 2012 with a stop to commercial fishing in some areas of the Baltic Sea.....which still has to be passed by the Swedish Government and still allows river estuary nets to continue fishing. However in essence, the board of fisheries states at the same time, that all of which, will take up to ten years to implement and see positive results.

Many experienced and concerned sport fishing personalities have proposed good and well structured proposals that would help the prevailing situation with the Mörrumsån. These recommendations and proposals are based on their experiences from other rivers that have had the same kind of problems, however, in these cases with successful results. Positive counter measures to the declines of salmon and sea trout to the river would be; compulsory catch and release of all salmon and sea trout until there is positive signs that both species are once again a sustainable resource. A complete stop to the estuary net fishing, as it now seems that these estuary fishermen have no concerns for the river whatsoever, and continue to still net up to 2000 salmon and sea trout per year

After many years of talk, rhetoric and inactivity.......two conferences, one in 2009 and 2011......nothing has been achieved. Other than the situation getting worse and Sveaskog refusing to take the initiative to implement positive and fundamental changes. Many, myself included, have finally come to terms, that the emotive issues we have for the river, have to be stripped out, to finally see the real picture as it is. And in that perspective, it does not look good at all.

No matter what takes place, the public sector company Sveaskog as a Swedish Government company is tasked with the mandate, to effectively manage the Governments commercial resources. But in the case of the Mörrumsån, and from a business prospective, the management of the fishery has failed in addressing the major outstanding issues in a timely and prudent manner. In the business sense, and viewed as "due diligence" the fishery is now being mismanaged, and because of gross neglect, Sveaskog have failed to recognize what it will take to turn around the fishery, and prevent a further corrosion of its brand name, declines of real values in the money spent fishing the river with no positive end in sight. The conclusion would be, that the fishery will decline into a terminal situation without a clear and workable strategy in-place. Many have stopped fishing the river, with those that were the real ambassadors for the river leaving and not returning...frustrated, disappointed and with negative thoughts as to the future of the fishery. This continues situation will ultimately have dire commercial effects on the local community at large, that rely on the revenues generated from the sport fishermen that fish the river.

There should be real value in all of this, but sadly that is not the case. The general consensus now, is that the only alternative is to change out the managers of the river at a corporate level. And based on what we have heard in the past..........half truths, disingenuous statements about good intention people who care for what is happening, and without a doubt, a total disregard for the customers. One can only come to the conclusion, that Sveaskog must now turn to another more competent company to set the "benchmarks" and manage the river more effectively than Sveaskog have done in the past.......... before it's too late.

Nigel Griffiths

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Soon it's time to meet the first salmon in Örekilsälven and last but not least, Martin

Örekilsälven Photo Thomas Thore

Förändringar för Örekilsälvens Laxfiske 2012

* Fiskesäsongen pågår under tiden 15 maj - 15 september, vilket innebär
att säsongen kommer att avslutas 15 dagar tidigare jämfört med förra året.

* Fiskekortspriset för A och B-sträckorna är oförändrat 200 kronor/dygn
under tiden 15 maj - 15 augusti. Från den 16 augusti till och med säsongs-
avslutningen den 15 september är priset 300 kronor/dygn.
För C-sträckan är priset oförändrat 100 kronor/dygn under hela säsongen.

* Det kommer att finnas ytterligare ett ställe, där det på plats, går att
köpa fiskekort. Det är Katrin´s i Munkedal, som är en servicebutik på
Uddevallavägen (f.d. Statoil bensinstation), vid södra infarten till Munkedal.

Här nedan kan du läsa vad som gäller:

Örekilsälvens Laxfiske 2012:

Samma sträckindelning som förra året, dvs A, B och C, och med samma växlande fiske mellan sträcka A och B.


15 maj - 15 september 2012.

Antal dygnskort:

Samma som för 2011, dvs 20 stycken resp 3 stycken med växling
mellan sträcka A och B udda och jämna dagar. Under september månad säljs bara 15 kort på den sträckan som det annars under säsongen säljs 20 kort. På sträcka C kan 15 stycken dygnskort säljas alla dagar. För alla sträckor och för alla dagar som det säljs dygnsfiskekort är det möjligt att köpa ungdomsfiskekort (under 18 år) och då till halva det ordinarie priset. Ungdomskorten inryms inom det totala antal dygnsfiskekort som säljs till resp sträcka och dag.

Hugo fish Reningsverkshöljan in Örekils River

Örekilsälven Photo Thomas Thore


Samma sträckor som för 2011.


All förhandsbokning sker hos Martin och Ulrick på Sportfiske-
kontoret, som också säljer dygnsfiskekort. Försäljning av dygns- fiskekort, på plats, dessutom på Brålands gård, på Kvistrums
Däck & Bilservice och på Katrin´s i Munkedal. Ev. förhandsbokning av dygnsfiskekort till specifika dagar kan göras på Sportfiske-kontoret, tel. 0524-107 77 eller mobiltel. 070-650 95 61, fr.o.m. måndagen den 2 april 2012.

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I am delighted to announce I have joined the Global team.
This is an great opportunity to promote and participate in exclusive fishing trips to many of the best locations in the world, including Alaska, Argentina, Cuba, Iceland and of course Scotland.
For more information check out: http://www.gcof.no/about_global
Cheers/Skål and tight lines,

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Soon there will be a lot of information about fishing in Lakselv, equipment selection, flies and much more on Lakselv. Do not miss the chance to get hold of a fishing license now

Fiskekortsalget 2012

Vi tar sikte på å åpne fiskekortsalget for årets sesong den 7. mars klokken 18. Salget skjer også i år via Scanatura.


Alt kortsalget skjer over internett, og du finner riktig internettadresse ved å klikke her.


På hjemmesiden vår har vi oppdatert fiskereglene og kortprisene for 2012-sesongen, men kartet er per nå ikke klart.


Det vil legges ut på hjemmesiden vår før kortsalget starter.

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Dear All

As you may have seen in the media the River Dee Trust have recently hosted an auction in London at the home of the Flyfishers Club.

We have shifted 11 out of the 14 River Dee Trust auction lots and have 3 left over-would you be interested in any of them ?

River Reisa (sister river to the Alta)-Any full week between 8th July and 19th August-Fishing for one rod, full board accommodation, guide and river boat transportation-Guide £ 4.5 k-will look at any reasonable offer www.reisatua.no

Yokanga River-4th August to 11th August or 11th August to 18th August-full board and accommodation provided for full weeks fishing for one rod including all helicopter transportation etc-Guide £3.5 k but will look at any reasonable offer www.flyfishyokanga.com

Rio Grande, Tierra Del Fueggo-Fishing for two anglers in the top weeks in February 2013 through Charlie White at Roxtons with full board accommodation, guides and access to 30 miles of the most amazing sea trout fishing in the world-Guide £ 12k but will look at any reasonable offer www.roxtons.com

If so please get in touch
Kind regards
Ken Reid
Fisheries Development Officer
DDSFB & River Dee Trust Office
Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne
Aberdeenshire, Scotland,AB34 5LA
D +44 (0) 13398 80411
M +44 (0) 7979 878971
E-Mail ken@riverdee.org
River Dee Trust Registered Charity No SC028497

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