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Ätran salmon

Ätran has the only preserved natural stock of Atlantic salmon worth speaking of in Sweden and on the Swedish west coast. Falkenberg Salmon Fishing offers a modern and sustainable fishing directed at a unique wild salmon stock. The Atlantic salmon, a noteworthy name, should rather be called Ätran salmon, are born here and later return to spawn and die here.

Salmon likes it here

The salmon is born in the parts of Ätran that offer the right conditions for spawning. These spawning grounds are the starting points for the salmon’s maximum 15-year life. A life that to a large extent is spent leaping and fighting for survival. The river’s rapids and the rippling streams are perfect spawning and growing environments for salmon. Later in life, with great precision, the salmon will find its way back here to spawn.

Spawning and returning

During spawning, the male salmon will compete over mature females, which lay their eggs on the rock- and gravel surfaced bottom of the river. After spawning, many salmon will die, but the surviving salmon will swim back out to sea, only to return later on to spawn again. Salmon that has come back to spawn as many as four times have been observed here in Ätran.

The eggs hatch in the spring time and the salmon youngsters live territorially in the rapids and streams of their birth places, where they feed on insects. Two to three years old, and about 124-175 mm big, the salmon smolt will travel out to sea. They will, as a rule, stay at sea for one to three years.

Ätran is important for the stock

Ätran is today dominated by salmon that have stayed at sea for about two years and normally weighs 4-8 kg. Ätran is part of Natura 2000 and the conservation plan’s main purpose is to protect the salmon. Ätran is without a doubt the Swedish west coast’s most important water for salmon production and hosts the biggest Swedish stock of Atlantic salmon. The salmon stock is deemed natural and free from farmed salmon, which today dominate many other waters.


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