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No hunting policy in Saltstraumen marine conservation area

Divers and freedivers are welcome to the Saltstraumen marine conservation area, but respect our desire to preserve diversity. The only thing we bring up is experiences and beautiful pictures.

No hunting policy in Saltstraumen marine conservation area
2017-10-1610:59 Laila Lovise Johansen

Through many years of diving in Saltstraumen we have an ever increasing respect for the current and its life, both above and below water. This is a unique piece of nature, and the desire to ensure that it stays that way in the future grows stronger for each dive. Some years back, many divers were hunting in the Saltstraumen. A self-imposed ban on underwater hunting on wolf eel in Saltstraumen has meant that the diving in Saltstraumen has for a number of years been about experiencing and taking pictures, not hunting.

Now there has again been an increase in underwater hunting in Saltstraumen. At the moment we see that divers respect our self-imposed ban on underwater hunting on wolf eels, but such self-imposed ban is vulnerable. Saltstraumen marine conservation area is not large, but it is a very important spawning area with a huge complex biodiversity. Providing fishing life a breathing space in the conservation area will increase fish stocks throughout the immediate area and beyond.

We know that it sounds illogical to say no to underwater hunting, as long as the fishermen are allowed to fish freely in the conservation area. But we think that divers can primarily do something with the activity we do ourselves. Therefore, this autumn we initiated a cooperation agreement with the other tourist companies in Saltstraumen, to say no to underwater hunting in the conservation area. Our wish is that everyone involved in the tourist business or just visiting Saltstraumen, go themselves and look at how they can contribute to the least possible harm to bird life and underwater life. Bird life in Saltstraumen has been reduced by 70-90%, there is very little common eiders left here. We want Saltstraumen to be a place where the rich wildlife above and below water is respected and that we achieve a balanced coexistence between wildlife and outdoor recreation / tourism. That Saltstraumen marine conservation area becomes a place you come to experience the powerful whirlpools and rich wildlife, without damaging it.

Vebjørn Karlsen
Wolf Eel
Vebjørn Karlsen
Wolf Eel

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