The seminar, which was held at Mörrums Kronolaxfiske, discussed the best ways of managing stocks of the Baltic salmon to ensure that there are enough fish in the rivers for leisure and professional fishing. The King began the day with a speech, in which he said:
"Angling in our rivers, from Mörrum to Tornio, is an attraction with much more to give. Today, there are 14 salmon rivers in Sweden, accounting for 90 percent of wild salmon production in the entire Baltic Sea. According to many researchers, salmon production in our rivers is far below the rivers' potential. The number of returning adult spawning fish is far too low, and changing this is a significant challenge."
The seminar was arranged by Sveaskog. At Sveaskog's website, CEO Per-Olof Wedin said:
"The King's presence is due to a personal involvement and interest in these issues. Combined with the participation of Minister for Agriculture Eskil Erlandsson, this will be a powerful discussion."
Salmon fishing in Mörrum
Every year, salmon make their way up Sweden's rivers, from Mörrum in the south to Tornio in the north, to spawn. Tourist fishing and the tourism industry along these rivers are dependent on good stocks of salmon. The current challenge is to strike a good balance between fishing by individuals, professional fishing and tourist fishing.
Salmon fishing in Mörrum is a historic tradition, and since ancient times has belonged to the Crown. It was first described as early as the year 1231 in King Valdemar II of Denmark's land register.
Find out more about Mörrums Kronolaxfiske.