The salmon-parasite Gyrodactylus salaris, also known as gyro, is a small parasite measuring below 1mm. The gyro poses a threat to the strains of wild salmon in Norway, and is currently found in 48 Norwegian rivers. The parasite lives and breeds on the skin of juvenile salmon, and when the infection is introduced to a river, the production of salmon is reduced by up to 90 %. If this is allowed to happen, the salmon strain will be eradicated in only a few years.

New poster: Gyrodactylus salaris – Troms og Finnmark 2015 (FRISKE elver)

Stop the Gyro infestation

The spread of the Gyro parasite in Norway has mainly been the result of relocating and release of infected fish, but fishing equipment can also transmit the parasite. The Gyro can survive in moist environments, such as wading boots, nets, cordage, rubber-boats, kayaks and so on, for several days. Visiting fishermen are therefore required to disinfect all equipment that potentially has been in contact with water before entering the Tana-watercourse.

A valid certification of disinfection of your equipment is required to be presented when purchasing a fishing license, and you will also have to display a valid certification of disinfection along with a valid fishing license if inspected by the patrolling river-police.

Disinfection of fishing gear can be done at all the locations you can buy a fishing license