Card statistics for Tana Watercourse

There are three different groups of fishermen on the Norwegian side of the Tana River cf. Tanaloven; local rightholders fishing with nets, local fishermen with rod fishing license and visiting fishermen.

  1. Local rightholders that meet the requirements of § 4 of the Tanalov are permitted to fish with allowable fishing gear in their respective fishing zone.
  2. Other inhabitants in Tana and Karasjok municipality, as well as those living close to tributaries of the Kautokeino municipality, have the right to fish in salmon-leading parts of the watercourse by purchasing license at a low-cost, cf. section 5 of the Tanalov.
  3. Other anglers are thus considered as visiting fishermen.

Local fishermen on Norwegian side

There has been a reduction in the number of local fishermen. This is especially true for local anglers which was significantly reduced throughout the 1990s. The number has been relatively stable over the last decade and is based on 1150-1250 fishermen. Also, the number of fishermen with yarn fishing rights that have bought a fishing license is somewhat reduced from the early 1990’s and was 230 people in 2015 (fig).

Number of local people on the Norwegian side with season card for Tana River in the period 1990-2015, here distributed among local fishermen and local rightholders.

Visiting fishermen

Fishermen who reside outside Tana and Karasjok Municipality are regarded as visiting fishermen. These people have only the opportunity to buy day-licenses. After a peak if over 9000 fishing days in 2002, the number of fishing days sold on the Norwegian side has fallen considerably and the number was 3033 in 2015. The fishing days were distributed among 993 fishermen that year.

Number of sold fishing days for visiting anglers in Norwegian part of Tana River in the period 1990-2015.

After 2008, fishing licenses for visiting fishermen have been divided into several fishing zones, where each tributary represent a zone, and the Tana River itself is divided into 6 different fishing zones.

See the overview of fishing zones with prices here.

The different fishing zones can be portrayed in the 4 main sections; Norwegian tributaries (Norske sidelever), the border (Riksgrensen), lower Norwegian parts (Tanaelva: Nedre norske del) and Tana estuary (Tanamunningen).

After 2008, the average of;

  • 42 % of fishing days have been sold in different tributaries
  • 24 % of the days have been sold to the border stretch
  • 27 % of the days have been sold to the lower Norwegian parts
  • 7 % of the days have been sold to Tana estuary

Number of visiting anglers on the Norwegian side of Tana Watercourse in the period of 2008-15, divided into the four main areas.

The two Norwegian tributaries that has sold the most fishing days are Máskejohka and upper part of Kárášjohka, with respectively 483 and 352 days sold in 2015. For the Tana River itself the zones Tana bru-Riksgrensen and Riksgrensen-Levajok Fjellstue with restriction zones in Boratbocka-Jalve are especially popular, and it was sold respectively 597 and 697 fishing days in 2015.

Number of fishing days (adult fishermen) sold to Norwegian tributaries in the period 2008-15.

Fishing license on Finnish side

The Finnish tourist fishing is many times as comprehensive as in Tana River. By 2015, 10 times more fishing days were sold on the Finnish side. It is primarily fishing in the actual Tana River which is important, but also Anárjohka and the Finnish tributary Utsjoki is popular for visiting fishermen on the Finnish side.

Number of visiting fishermen (antall fiskere) and number of fishing days (antall fiskedøgn) sold on the Finnish side of the Border 1980-2015.

On the border stretch, all Finnish fishermen must buy fishing license in Finland and Norwegian fishermen must by fishing license in Norway. The licenses apply for both sides of the river. Majority of the traveling Finnish fishermen fish, according to the statistics, from the Norwegian side.

On the Finnish side, less than 800 local fishermen have bought licenses in recent years, and about half of them are local rightholders.